Men's lacrosse falls to No. 15 Bowdoin

Luke Sadoff '12
Luke Sadoff '12

Patrick Lawlor '13 tallied one goal and five assists to lead nationally ranked No. 15 Bowdoin College to a 13-9 win over Hamilton College in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Steuben Field on March 24.

Billy Bergner '13 posted two goals and three assists, and Franklin Reis '14 and Mark Flibotte '12 scored three goals apiece for the Polar Bears. Dan Hanley '14 and Keegan Mehlhorn '12 each added a goal and an assist. Brendan Hughes '12 and Will Wise '14 scored the other two Bowdoin goals.

Mehlhorn led the Polar Bears with a game-high seven ground balls. Bergner and Brian Durkin '13 each scooped up six ground balls, and Hughes added five. Hughes won 11 of 15 faceoffs, and Durkin won 8 of 11. Chris Williamson '12 made 12 saves in goal.

Luke Sadoff '12 led the Continentals with a goal and two assists. Jon Leanos '12 and Luke Sisler '14 each scored two goals, and Paul Armideo '13 added a goal and an assist. Leanos leads Hamilton with 12 goals and 18 points, and Armideo leads the team with eight assists. Bryan Hopper '14, John Zimmerman '15 and Pax Anthos '14 scored the other three Hamilton goals.

Mike Fiacco '13 led the team with five ground balls, and Chad Berger '14 scooped up four. Max Vaickus '12 started in goal and made four saves in the first half. Garrett Akie '12 made five saves over the final 30 minutes.

Hamilton (1-4 overall, 0-4 NESCAC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1 minute, 4 seconds into the first quarter when Anthos netted his third goal. But the Continentals did not score the rest of the half, and Bowdoin (4-1, 2-1) took control with eight straight goals.

Flibotte evened the score at 1-1 with 9:57 left in the first quarter, and put the Polar Bears ahead for good with 7:08 remaining. Bowdoin led 2-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Mehlhorn's goal made it 3-1 with 13:23 left in the second quarter. Reis sandwiched a pair of man-up goals around a tally by Bergner, and the Polar Bears led 6-1 with 6:51 remaining in the half. Hughes and Flibotte added goals before halftime to give Bowdoin an 8-1 lead at the break.

Sadoff's goal with 5:48 remaining in the fourth quarter pulled the Continentals to within 12-9. But that was as close as Hamilton could get, as Hanley closed the scoring with a goal for the Polar Bears with 3:07 to play.

Hamilton held a 35-32 shot advantage and committed just 14 turnovers. Bowdoin picked up 41 ground balls to the Continentals' 28, and was 5-for-10 on extra-man opportunities. The Polar Bears won 19 of 26 faceoffs. Bowdoin has won all four meetings between the teams. It was the first time the teams have played since 2004.

Hamilton hosts nationally ranked Middlebury College for a NESCAC game on Wednesday, March 28, at 4 p.m.

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