Caputi's Game-Winner Pushes Bowdoin Over Williams in Fourth Overtime

Mac Caputi scores the game-winner in the fourth OT against Williams (Tim Cardew photo)
Mac Caputi scores the game-winner in the fourth OT against Williams (Tim Cardew photo)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Mac Caputi's first career goal came in the fourth overtime to lift the Bowdoin men's lacrosse team to a dramatic 7-6 win over Williams on Sunday afternoon.

Winners of five straight games, the victory gives the 20th-ranked Polar Bears their second one-goal win in as many days and improves the team to 6-2 (4-2 NESCAC).

Franklin Reis and Billy Bergner both had two goals and an assist in the win for Bowdoin. Christopher Williamson collected 14 saves for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin jumped ahead 3-0 in the first quarter thanks to goals from Reis, Conor O'Toole and Peter Reuter in a span of 3:54. Williams cut into the lead with a pair of markers to start the second quarter but Bergner put home a score before halftime to give Bowdoin a 4-2 edge at the break.

The Polar Bears increased their lead to 6-3 after three quarters thanks to goals from Bergner and Reis, but Williams scored three times in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Andy Grabowski netted the game-tying goal with just nine seconds remaining in regulation.

Both teams had several chances in the first three overtimes, but Bowdoin's game-winner came in transition in the fourth extra session. Williamson made a save on the defensive end and
Samuel Hodgson brought the ball downfield for the clear. Hodgson fed Bergner on the wing, who dealt a pass to an oncoming Caputi, who slashed through the middle and rifled the ball into the net at 3:18 to give Bowdoin the win.

Maxwell Rosner and Sether Hanson had two caused turnovers each for the Bowdoin defense. Robert Talcott won 10 of 19 faceoffs and had five ground balls. Ben Brewster and Samuel Hodgson had three ground balls apiece.

The Polar Bears will return to action next Saturday when they travel to play at Trinity for a 1:00 p.m. start.