Men's Lacrosse Handles Nazareth, Improves to 2-0 With Win in Florida Opener
CLERMONT, Fla. - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team outscored Nazareth 9-1 over the first 34:11 on its way to a 14-7 win on Wednesday afternoon at the National Training Center in Florida.
The Polar Bears, ranked 15th in the latest USILA Division III poll, improve to 2-0 this spring while the Golden Flyers drop to 2-2 overall.
Keegan Melhorn scored three times for Bowdoin while Nathan Fritts, Mark Flibotte and Tyler Williams each scored twice. Fritts also had a pair of assists.Senior C.J. Estes scored three goals and added two assists for Nazareth.
For the second straight game, Bowdoin faceoff specialist Brendan Hughes was key in the victory, winning 14 of 22 draws and enabled the Polar Bears to control time of possession as well as the shots (44-24). Hughes also had a game-high 11 ground balls.
Flibotte and Billy Bergner scored extra-man goals for Bowdoin in the first quarter as the Polar Bears built a 2-0 lead. Bowdoin also scored the first three goals of the second quarter, before Nazareth got on the board on a goal by freshman Kyle Fanning with 10:33 left in the half. Bowdoin's Dan Hanley scored an unassisted goal to make it 6-1 before halftime. The Polar Bears stretched their lead to 9-1 with goals from Conor O'Toole, Williams and Hughes to open the third frame and led 11-4 after 45 minutes of play.
Fourth-quarter goals by freshman Drew Simoneau and Estes enabled Nazareth to close with 12-6 early in the fourth quarter, but Bowdoin answered with goals by Melhorn and Flibotte to erase any Nazareth comeback hopes.
Chris Williamson had eight saves for the Polar Bears. Junior Tim Doyle played all 60 minutes in goal for Nazareth and made 12 saves. Bowdoin went 2-2 with the extra man and were nearly perfect (12-13) in defensive clears.