BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Keene State men's lacrosse team held Bowdoin scoreless for the final 40:14 and rallied to take a 6-5 win on Tuesday evening at Ryan Field.
The Owls improve to 8-3 this spring while the Polar Bears fall to 6-4.
Bowdoin's Franklin Reis scored four times to lead all players. Ian Hart, Tyler McKelvie and JT Galloway scored twice apiece to account for Keene State's scoring.
After Galloway scored the initial goal of the contest, Bowdoin rolled off three straight - all by Reis - to take a 3-1 advantage. McKelvie was able to get one back for the Owls late in the opening stanza to trim the lead to 3-2 after one period.
Bowdoin opened the second quarter with consecutive goals from David Nemirov and Reis to take a 5-2 advantage with 10:14 remaining in the half. But the Polar Bears would not score again and Keene got tallies from McKelvie and Hart to make it 5-4 before intermission.
Galloway and Hart scored third-period goals to give Keene a 6-5 advantage with 6:46 remaining in the quarter. Neither team could find the back of the net in the fourth quarter despite several good chances by both squads. Bowdoin's Billy Bergner hit a post with 13:00 left in the quarter and Keene's Taylor Wicke rang one off the bar less than two minutes later. Bowdoin had a late possession with under 90 seconds to play, but a hard shot by Reis sailed wide of the goal. Keene gained possession off the miss and was able to run out the remaining seconds.
Alex Sharp made 14 saves in goal for the Owls while Bowdoin's Christopher Williamson also stopped 14 shots. Bowdoin held a 37-31 edge in shots, a 30-29 lead in ground balls and committed 16 turnovers to 21 for Keene State. Bowdoin's Ben Brewster led all players with three caused turnovers and eight ground balls.
Bowdoin will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Wesleyan at 1:00 p.m. Keene State will return to action on Friday at Salem State for a 5:00 p.m. start.