NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team rallied from a seven-goal deficit to shock Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon, 10-9.
The 20th-ranked Polar Bears, who trailed 8-1 in the second quarter, improve to 9-2 (6-1 NESCAC) while the Camels fall to 7-4 (3-3 NESCAC) with the loss.
Will Wise scored three goals and had three assists, sparking the Bowdoin comeback. Tyler Williams netted the game-winner with 6:09 remaining, capping a furious 1:04 stretch that gave the Polar Bears the lead for good.
The Camels came out firing, getting a trio of goals from Chad Sawyer to take a commanding 8-1 lead at the 11:20 mark of the second quarter. The Polar Bears were able to recover before halftime, getting scores from Peter Reuter, Brett Kujala and Dan Hanley to trim the lead to 8-4 at the break.
Bowdoin dominated the third quarter, owning a 13-5 edge in shots and scoring three times, twice from Wise and another from Hanley, to make it 8-7 heading into the final quarter.
Briggs Barton briefly stopped the bleeding for the Camels, scoring at 9:24 to make it 9-7 Connecticut College. But the Polar Bears answered with the decisive surge two minutes later. Daniel O'Berry took a feed from Wise at 7:13 to make it 9-8. Just 22 seconds later, David Nemirov converted a pass from Franklin Reis to tie the game. Then, 42 ticks later, Tyler Williams scored to give the Polar Bears their first lead since 1-0 with an unassisted goal, making it 10-9 Bowdoin with 6:09 to go. The Polar Bears were able to kill off a one-minute penalty with under four remaining to seal the win.
It marked the second straight game that Williams scored a late go-ahead goal, as the junior midfielder also tallied the game-winner in Wednesday's 11-10 win over Bates. Connor Laughlin made 13 saves in the victory for Bowdoin, and held the Camels to one goal over the final 41:20. Ben Brewster had two caused turnovers and eight ground balls for Bowdoin.
Winners of four straight games, the Polar Bears will welcome Colby on Tuesday evening for Senior Night under the lights at Ryan Field. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.