|Hartford, Conn. – First-year Jeff Hebert (Cornwall, Ontario) scored twice and sophomore Peter Johnson (Riverside, Conn.) made 16 saves in goal to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 9-7 win over the visiting Bowdoin College Polar Bears in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s lacrosse action this afternoon. Trinity, playing in its home opener for first-year Head Coach Michael Higgins, improves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the league, while the Polar Bears fall to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the conference.|
Trailing, 3-1, early in the second quarter, Trinity scored four unanswered goals, beginning with a rifle from the left wing by senior captain midfielder Brendan Newland (Oakland, Calif.) with 11:14 left before the break. Senior middie Luis Fernandez (Palm Beach, Fla.) tied the game at under a minute later with a coast-to-coast effort, and senior captain midfielder Max Alderman (Susbury, Mass.) netted the game-winner on a wrap-around at the 6:26 mark. Bantam rookie Terence Olsen (Weatogue, Conn.) scored in similar fashion with five minutes on the clock to give Trinity a 5-3 advantage, before Polar Bear junior midfielder Keegan Mehlhorn (North Berwick, Maine) tallied with 20 seconds left to pull the Polar Bears back within one.
Trinity scored twice in the third frame for a three-goal lead entering the fourth quarter, but Bowdoin sophomores Bill Bergner (Fairfield, Conn.) and classmate Patrick Lawlor (Hanover, Mass.) each scored on steals in the Trinity defensive end to cut the lead to 7-6 with 4:33 left on the clock. Hebert scored on the other end, converting on a pass from behind the goal by sophomore middie Steve Manning (Tyngsboro, Mass.) to give Trinity some insurance with 2:37 on the clock, but Bowdoin sophomore Brian Durkin (Manchester, Mass.) answered just 25 seconds later. Clinging to an 8-7 lead, Trinity sophomore Nick Shaheen (Williamsburg, Mass.) delivered to final knockout punch into an empty goal with 14 seconds showing on the clock.
Manning and Alderman each had a goal and an assist, while sophomore T.J. Cholnoky (Greenwich, Conn.) picked up a team-high four ground balls and was 8-for-9 on face-offs for the Bantams. Junior Mark Flibotte (Cohasset, Mass.) scored two goals for the Bowdoin offense, while senior Jake McCampbell (Medfield, Mass.) made 15 saves. Trinity outshot Bowdoin, 45-40, and held a 14-to-6 edge on face-offs.