Trinity's OT Winner Spoils Late Bowdoin Comeback in Men's Lacrosse

David Nemirov had two late goals to spark Bowdoin's fourth-quarter comeback
David Nemirov had two late goals to spark Bowdoin's fourth-quarter comeback

HARTFORD, Conn. - Robert DiSimone scored the game-winning goal with 48 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Trinity College men's lacrosse team a 8-7 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon.

Trinity improves to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in the NESCAC with its first win in three games, while the Polar Bears drop to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in the league. 

Bowdoin forced the extra time with three goals in the final 2:07 of regulation, as David Nemirov scored twice and Peter Reuter added the game-tying goal with 53 seconds on the clock.  DeSimone got off the first shot of overtime but was denied by Bowdoin goalie Peter Mumford, and Bantam backstop Mickey Zaverucha made a crucial save against Polar Bear freshman Shawn Daly, stopping the a high shot from close with 2:32 left to return the favor.  Bantam senior attacker Matt Hauck picked up the ground ball, and DeSimone beat Mumford for the clincher and a sudden victory for the Bantams.

Daly scored from Nemirov for the only goal of the first quarter, while Bowdoin rookie Matt Crowell and Hauck exchanged second-half goals for a 2-1 Polar Bear advantage at halftime.  Trailing, 3-2, Trinity rattled off four goals in a row in the third frame, beginning with an unassisted tally by senior Ben Preston and also including DeSimone's first two goals to give Trinity a 6-3 advantage with 1:07 left before the fourth quarter.  Brandon Rothman scored a man-up goal for Bowdoin with 11 seconds left in the third, but Trinity junior middie Michael McQuiston answered with his second goal of the day early in the final frame and the Bantams' 7-4 lead held until the closing minutes of regulation.

Trinity controlled the faceoff, as freshman J.P. Masaryk won 14 of 19. Reuter joined Nemirov, who also had an assist, as a Bowdoin two-goal scorer while Samuel Hodgson added three caused turnovers.  Zaverucha had 16 saves, while Mumford added 15 saves and three ground balls.  Trinity outshot Bowdoin, 50-33, and finished with a 17-to-11 edge on ground balls.

The Polar Bears will look to get back into the win column on Wednesday night when they host a crucial NESCAC contest against Bates at 7:00 p.m.