Bates Trips Up Bowdoin in Wednesday Night Men's Lacrosse

Peter Reuter had a pair of goals in Wednesday night's loss to Bates
Peter Reuter had a pair of goals in Wednesday night's loss to Bates

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bates College men's lacrosse team defeated Bowdoin for the first time since 2012 in a 15-8 triumph at Ryan Field on Wednesday evening.

The Bobcats improve to 5-4 (2-4 NESCAC) with the win while the Polar Bears fall to 1-8 (1-5 NESCAC).

Charlie Fay and Andrew Melvin led the way for Bates, scoring four goals apiece and both adding an assist in the victory. Jack Strain also had a pair of goals, as did Jack Allard for the visitors. Bowdoin was paced by two goals from Peter Reuter while David Nemirov and Matthew Crowell had a goal and an assist apiece.

The Bobcats jumped out of the gate quickly, using a 5-0 run to take a 6-1 lead over the Polar Bears just 8:57 into the contest. Fay and Melvin each scored twice in the run as Bates held a 6-2 edge after one quarter of play. The visitors extended their lead to 9-3 before a 3-0 Bowdoin run, capped by a Nemirov score, closed the gap to 9-6 late in the period. But the Bobcats were able to push the lead back to four goals at halftime, 10-6, thanks to another goal from Melvin just 30 seconds before the break.

The Bobcat defense held Bowdoin scoreless for the first 23:02 of the second half and slowly pulled away, scoring twice in the third quarter and notching the first two goals of the final period to build a 14-6 advantage en route to the 15-8 victory.

Joe Faria made eight saves in net for Bates while Ken O'Friel had two caused turnovers and four ground balls to pace the Bates defense. For Bowdoin, Peter Mumford made 10 saves while Mac Caputi had two caused turnovers and four ground balls. Tucker White (9-14) and Sam Francis (8-13) controlled the dot for Bates, combining to win 17 of 27 face-offs.

Bowdoin will return to action on Saturday when they host a non-conference match against Endicott at noon on Ryan Field. Bates will travel to play at Connecticut College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.