Late Trinity Goal Spoils Dramatic Comeback by Men's Lacrosse

Franklin Reis scored three times and had two assists on Saturday at Trinity
Franklin Reis scored three times and had two assists on Saturday at Trinity

HARTFORD, Conn. - Trinity's Matt Cohen scored the game-winning goal with just four seconds remaining to give the Bantams men's lacrosse team a 10-9 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon.

The goal spoiled a late rally by Bowdoin, who had scored four times in a span of 5:38 to tie the score at 9-9 with 1:08 to play. The Polar Bears (6-3, 3-3 NESCAC) see their six-game win streak come to an end and lose for the first time since March 16. Trinity (3-7, 1-4 NESCAC) earns their first league win of the season.

Franklin Reis had three goals and two assists to pace the Bowdoin attack. Billy Bergner and Peter Reuter added two goals each for the Polar Bears. Cohen scored three times for Trinity with Chase Growney and Matthew Hauck scoring twice as well for the Bantams.

Tied at 3-3 after the opening period, Bowdoin dug themselves a hole as the Bantams outscored the Polar Bears 4-2 over the next two frames to earn a 7-5 lead. Trinity looked to put the game on ice with two scores in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, as Jack Castelli's score with 9:02 left gave the hosts a commanding 9-5 edge.

Bowdoin rallied with consecutive scores from Griffin Cardew and Reuter in a 50-second span. Reis brought the Polar Bears within one at 3:19 and struck again with just 1:08 on the clock to complete the comeback.

As the clock ticked down, Cohen handled the ball in front of the Bowdoin cage, and worked his way to the far left side of the net before rifling off a shot that squeezed its way into the goal, for what would be the game-winning score with four seconds remaining.

Sophomore goalie Makar Zaverucha made 19 saves to earn his first career collegiate victory in net for Trinity, while Bowdoin senior Christopher Williamson made 18 saves in goal for the Polar Bears.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Tuesday evening at home against Keene State. Faceoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.