Fourth Quarter Rally Comes Up Short as Men's Lacrosse Falls to Wesleyan

Daniel O'Berry started Bowdoin's fourth quarter rally on Saturday against Wesleyan
Daniel O'Berry started Bowdoin's fourth quarter rally on Saturday against Wesleyan

BRUNSWICK, Maine - David Murphy scored the game-winning goal with 4:23 remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team to a 9-8 win over Bowdoin on Saturday at Pickard Field.

The 20th-ranked Cardinals improve to 9-5 (6-3 NESCAC) while the Polar Bears drop to 3-11 (2-7 NESCAC) despite a furious fourth-quarter rally.

Harry Stanton led the way with three goals for the Cardinals while Matt Prezioso added two for Wesleyan. Niall Devaney had two assists for the visitors. David Nemirov had two goals and an assist for Bowdoin while Samuel Hodgson, Daniel O'Berry and Shawn Daly had a goal and assist apiece.

After Bowdoin held a 3-2 lead following the opening quarter, the Cardinals seemingly took command of the game with five straight goals over the second and third quarter, taking the lead on consecutive goals from Stanton early in the second period. The visitors carried a 7-3 lead into the final frame thanks to a goal from Prezioso just 35 seconds before the horn in the third.

After trading goals in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Bowdoin stunned the Cardinals with four straight goals in a span of 4:23 to tie the game at 8-8. O'Berry opened the surge and was followed by goals from Peter Reuter and Matthew Crowell. Nemirov found the back of the net at 5:40 to deadlock the score.

Wesleyan won the ensuing face-off and circled the ball around to Murphy, who beat a defender for the go-ahead marker with 4:23 on the clock. Bowdoin had two more chances to tie, including a possession with under 30 seconds to go, but Wesleyan's Greg Piertoforte caused a turnover to seal the win for the Cardinals.

Bowdoin held a slim 34-30 advantage in shots but Justin Schick negated that with 13 saves in net for the Cardinals. Peter Mumford finished with 10 saves for the Polar Beasr. Bowdoin was 0-5 with the extra man while Wesleyan finished 0-1. Defensively, Kevin Campbell led the Cardinals with five ground balls and a caused turnover. Bowdoin's James Sessions had three caused turnovers and two ground balls. while Mac Caputi had two caused turnovers and three ground balls.

Both teams will play their regular season finales on Wednesday with Bowdoin hosting Tufts (7:00 p.m.) and Wesleyan traveling to Connecticut College (4:30 p.m.)