BRUNSWICK, Maine - Harry Stanton scored his fifth goal of the game with 8:16 remaining in the fourth quarter, proving to be the difference in a 10-9 win for the Wesleyan men's lacrosse team at Bowdoin on Saturday.
The 11th-ranked Cardinals improve to 11-1 (7-1 NESCAC) while the 15th-ranked Polar Bears fall to 7-5 (5-3 NESCAC) with the setback.
- The contest was as tight as the final score indicated as neither team took greater than a one-goal lead for the final 55 minutes of the contest.
- Bowdoin took an early two-goal lead thanks to goals from Matthew Crowell and Shawn Daly, but Wesleyan answered with consecutive scores from Harry Stanton and Christian Barker to knot the score less than two minutes later.
- Neither team took more than a one-goal lead for the remainder of the contest as the squads traded blows and headed into halftime deadlocked at 4-4.
- Wesleyan looked to take a lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Shawn Daly finished a quick feed from Shawn Daly behind the net with just two seconds remaining before the end of the period to send the game into the final frame tied at 8-8.
- Taylor Ghesquiere's second goal of the contest gave Wesleyan a 9-8 lead with 12:51 to go, but Bowdoin evened the score on a Daniel Buckman score with 9:04 remaining.
- The Cardinals got the game-winner from Stanton on the man-up with 8:16 as Wesleyan's leading scorer used a great individual effort to get the go-ahead goal past Bowdoin's Peter Mumford.
- Bowdoin had several chances to knot the score, but Wesleyan's defense locked down the Polar Bears, who committed six turnovers in the final quarter.
By The Numbers
- Stanton scored a game-high five goals while Ghesquiere had a pair for Wesleyan.
- Bowdoin was led by two goals and two assists each from Shawn Daly and Daniel Buckman while Matthew Crowell had two goals and one assist.
- Ted Bergman made 12 saves in goal for the Cardinals while Peter Mumford stopped 12 shots as well for the Polar Bears.
- Bowdoin held a slim 34-33 advantage in shots and owned a 14-9 advantage in faceoffs thanks in large part to a 10-15 performance from Zach Zavalick.
- The Polar Bears will look to bounce back on Wednesday night with a game at Colby at 7:00 p.m.
- The Cardinals will host Skidmore on Tuesday evening at 5:00 p.m.