BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team used a five-goal second quarter to pull away from Williams in a season-opening 11-6 win on Saturday at Ryan Field.
The Polar Bears improve to 1-0 with their fifth consecutive win over the Ephs, who drop to 0-1. Franklin Reis scored two goals and two assists to spark the Bowdoin offense. Will Wise and David Nemirov also collected a pair of scores. Williams was paced by three goals from Michael Fahey. David Lee
After a slow first period for both squads, Williams opened the second quarter with a goal from Fahey to take a 2-1 edge. The Polar Bears answered with what eventually turned out to be the game-decisive run, scoring five times in a span of ten minutes to take a commanding 6-2 lead at halftime. Nemirov sparked the surge for Bowdoin, scoring twice and assisting on another goal.
After the Ephs trimmed the lead to 6-3 early in the third period, Bowdoin replied with a three-goal spurt late in the quarter and extended its lead to as many as seven goals (11-4) in the fourth quarter before permitting a pair of scores in the final 84 seconds.
Ben Brewster was outstanding defensively for the Polar Bears, causing six turnovers and scooping five ground balls. In his first career start, goaltender Connor Laughlin was outstanding, making 13 saves in the win. Dan Whittam made eight saves and allowed nine goals over the first 45 minutes of play before being replaced by Miles McCarthy, who stopped three shots and allowed two goals for the Ephs.
The Polar Bears will return to action on Tuesday night at home against Keene State (7:00 p.m.). The Ephs will play at Skidmore in their next outing on Wednesday (5:00 p.m.).