BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team jumped to an early lead and used a stifling defensive effort to defeat Trinity, 9-5, Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field.
The Polar Bears improve to 7-2 (4-1 NESCAC) with the win while the Bantams fall to 3-5 (1-4 NESCAC).
Connor O'Toole led Bowdoin with two goals and two assists in the win. David Nemirov had two goals and an assist while Peter Reuter and Franklin Reis also notched a pair of goals each. Trinity was paced by two goals and an assist from Chase Growney.
The Polar Bears came out firing in the opening quarter, scoring five times in a ten-minute span to take a commanding 5-0 edge into the second period. Reuter sparked the run with both of his goals in the first stanza. The teams traded second-quarter goals, as Bowdoin entered halftime with a 6-1 lead, and the Polar Bears extended their advantage to as many as seven goals, 9-2, following a Nemirov goal early in the fourth quarter. After scoring just twice in the first 49:46 of the game, Trinity scored the final three goals to make it a 9-5 final.
Connor Laughlin made 13 saves for the Polar Bears, who got a game-high eight ground balls from Ben Brewster and three caused turnovers from Adam FitzGerald. Mickey Zaverucha stopped 16 shots for the Bantams, who received five ground balls from William Naughton and 10 of 16 face-off wins from Will Benjamin.
Bowdoin held a 42-35 edge in shots and forced 24 Trinity turnovers. The Polar Bears converted on 2-3 with the extra man while the Bantams went 0-5.
Bowdoin will return to action Wednesday night at Bates (7:00 p.m.). Trinity will also play Wednesday afternoon at Conn. College (4:00 p.m.).