Men's lax gets over the (Camel) hump
After two exhilarating victories last week over Springfield and Connecticut colleges, the men's lacrosse team improved its overall record to 3-3.
The Polar Bears dominated their first NESCAC game on home turf last Saturday, smoking the Connecticut College Camels 11-9. Although the Bears led 3-1 after the first quarter, Conn. College managed to even the score, posting a 5-5 tie at halftime.
The Bowdoin men regained control over Connecticut in the third quarter, swiping another four goals and securing the lead for the rest of the game.
Contributing three goals to the victory was senior Kyle Courtiss, Bowdoin's top scorer, followed by senior co-captain Ted Scholhamer and sophomore Phil Stern-each with two goals. First-years Connor Fitzgerald and Ford Barker, junior Ford Gurall, and sophomore Vinay Kashyap all netted one goal each.
On the far end of the field, backed by a formidable defense, sophomore Grant White blocked 12 shots.
"I and the rest of the captains should tip our hats to the entire defensive unit for playing aggressive and tough one-on-one defense against Connecticut," said senior co-captain Micah Moreau.
Offense and defense fused powerfully against Springfield College on March 26, cinching a tightly contested 14-13 victory after one round of overtime.
With a mere nine seconds left on the clock, first-year Chris Eaton scored an unassisted winning goal, staving off a second overtime and leading Bowdoin to its first win since the season opener.
Bowdoin and Springfield battled closely from the start, with Springfield scoring the first goal before the Bears quickly scored four times in the first quarter. At halftime, Bowdoin led the game 7-6. However the Springfield offense outscored the Bears in the third quarter to take the lead.
Heading into the final quarter, Springfield had garnered nine goals, leaving Bowdoin with eight. Not to be defeated, the Bears matched their rivals in goals, four-for-four, in the next fourteen minutes of play.
First-year Carl Klimpt nabbed the game-tying goal with only 43 seconds remaining, pulling Bowdoin into overtime.
Courtiss led the Bowdoin in scoring with three goals. Klimpt, Gurall, and first-year Connor Fitzgerald chipped in with two goals apiece, and Scholhamer, Kashyap, Eaton, and senior Alex Duncan all scored once.
White, again stalwartly, protected the Bowdoin net, holding off ten of Springfield's shots on goal in a very close and fast-paced game.
With back-to-back NESCAC games this weekend against Wesleyan and Williams, Moreau said, "Due to the abundance of freshmen, we just need to continue to mature and gel as a team. If we do that we should be fine in league play."
However, a recent 9-5 loss to Tufts dropped Bowdoin to 3-4 on the year.