Men's Lacrosse Holds Off Hamilton To Win Home Opener

Mac Caputi had a goal, five ground balls and two caused turnovers in Saturday's win over Hamilton
Mac Caputi had a goal, five ground balls and two caused turnovers in Saturday's win over Hamilton

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team picked up its first win of the spring in a 12-8 victory over Hamilton on Saturday at Ryan Field.

The Polar Bears never trailed and led for the final 58:49 of the contest to improve to 1-3 (1-2 NESCAC). Hamilton falls to 3-2 (1-2 NESCAC) with the loss.

First-year Shawn Daly was outstanding for Bowdoin, scoring four goals and adding an assist. Brandon Lee had two goals and two assists for the Polar Bears, who got a great effort from goaltender Peter Mumford, stopping 14 shots in the win.

Hamilton was paced by Joe Ricciuti's three goals while John Zimmerman pitched in two. Will Driscoll stopped 15 shots for the Continentals.

A high-scoring first quarter saw five different Polar Bears score to give the hosts an early 5-2 advantage. Ricciuti closed out the first period with a goal for the Continentals and opened the second with another score to trim Bowdoin's lead to 5-4. But Bowdoin replied with three straight goals, courtesy of Lee and two from Daly to take an 8-4 lead. Hamilton could get no closer than three goals for the remainder of the game as Mumford and the Polar Bear defense held the Continentals to just one goal over a stretch of 26:08 in the second and third quarters to pull away.

Defensively, Bowdoin's Mac Caputi had two caused turnovers and five ground balls while Ryan Monahan had three caused turnovers and one ground ball. Samuel Hodgson also added a pair of caused turnovers for the hosts. Trip Connors won 6 of 10 faceoffs for Hamilton while Zimmerman and Eric Zurmuehle had three ground balls apiece. The Polar Bears held a 41-30 edge in shots and committed just 10 turnovers in the game. Bowdoin was 1-2 with the extra man and Hamilton went scoreless in three tries.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Wednesday as they play Stevens in Virginia Beach, Va., at 4:30 p.m. Hamilton will also travel south for their next contest, against Western Connecticut in Orlando on Tuesday at noon.