BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team allowed just two goals over the final 43:45 and pulled away for an 11-5 victory over Hamilton on Saturday at Ryan Field.
The Polar Bears have won consecutive games for the first time this season and improve to 3-2 (2-2 NESCAC) with the win. The 20th-ranked Continentals drop to 3-2 (2-2 NESCAC) with the setback.
Franklin Reis led the Bowdoin offense with three goals while David Nemirov pitched in two. Billy Bergner had a goal and two assists as Griffin Cardew, Will Wise and Peter Reuter accounted for the other Polar Bear goals.
Hamilton got a pair of goals from Chris Whelan and a goal and an assist from Paul Armideo. Bryan Hopper and Pax Anthos each had one score for the Continentals.
Hamilton quickly jumped out to a two-goal advantage as Anthos and Hopper found the back of the net within the first 2:49 to give the visitors an early 2-0 edge. Bowdoin replied with a five-goal surge over the final 6:10 minutes of the opening quarter to take control of the game. Reis scored all three of his goals in the run, and capped the period with a quick-shot off a Cardew feed with 30 seconds left in the quarter.
Hamilton would cut the lead to 5-3 at intermission as Whelan scored the only goal of the second quarter just 1:15 into the frame.
The teams traded goals in the third quarter before a four-goal run for Bowdoin put the game out of reach. Cardew started the game-clinching run with 2:13 left in the third period and Hanley, Nemirov and Reuter all scored in a 3:34 span early in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Bowdoin permitted just the two Hamilton goals over the final 43:45, with Chris Williamson stopping 13 shots, including eight in the second half. Connor Laughlin was credited with one save in relief for the Polar Bears. Bowdoin's defensive effort was led by three caused turnovers and three ground balls from Ben Brewster. Sether Hanson had three caused turnovers and two ground balls while Maxwell Rosner had two caused turnovers and two ground balls for the Polar Bears.
Will Driscoll made 17 saves for the Continentals, who were led defensively by Chad Berger's two caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Bowdoin held a 39-23 edge in shots for the game and went 2-5 with the extra man. Hamilton went 1-4 in its man-up opportunities and committed 22 turnovers as compared to 10 for Bowdoin.
The Polar Bears will return to action on Tuesday evening against Springfield in a game to be played at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. at 7:00 p.m. Hamilton will play at Middlebury on Wednesday evening at 5:00 p.m.