BRUNSWICK, Maine - John Grimaldi scored seven goals to lead the Colby College men's lacrosse team to an 11-7 upset of Bowdoin on Tuesday night at Ryan Field.
The Mules earn a much-needed win and improve to 6-5 (3-4 NESCAC), snapping a four-game losing streak to NESCAC opponents. 18th-ranked Bowdoin sees its four-game winning streak come to an end as they fall to 9-3 (6-2 NESCAC).
Grimaldi's goal total finished one shy of the Colby school record for goals in a game. Aside from him, the only other Mule to score more than a single goal was Austin Sayre, who pitched in two scores and an assist. Tyler Will was outstanding in goal, making 19 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter.
Bowdoin was led by David Nemirov's two goals and Will Wise, who scored once and added two assists. Connor Laughlin made 10 saves in goal for the Polar Bears.
After the teams traded blows in the opening half, and entered halftime deadlocked at 4-4, Colby took control in the third period. Grimaldi and Sayre gave the visitors the lead for good and, after Franklin Reis got one back for Bowdoin, Grimaldi scored again just nine seconds before the end of the frame to give the Mules a 7-5 edge heading into the final quarter.
Colby rolled off four goals in span of 2:28 to open the period to put the contest out of reach. Grimaldi again sparked the rally with a pair of goals and when Sayre notched a man-up goal with 11:56 remaining, the Mules had pushed their lead to 11-5. Bowdoin got a pair of late goals from Peter Reuter and Will Wise to round out the scoring.
Austin Frank won 13 of 21 faceoffs for Colby as the Mules overcame 24 turnovers and a 43-36 shot advantage for Bowdoin. Ian Boldt pitched in three caused turnovers and three ground balls for Colby in the win. Bowdoin's Ben Brewster finished with four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Mac Caputi scooped five ground balls as well for the Polar Bears.
Bowdoin will look to rebound on Saturday at Wesleyan for a 1:00 p.m. contest. Colby will return to action at Williams on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Bowdoin honored its seven-member senior class prior to Tuesday night's game against Colby (photo courtesy of Brian Beard/www.CIPhotography.com)