Bowdoin Uses 5-1 Run to Edge Keene State

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College used a 5-1 second half run to pull away from Keene State College in a 13-11 victory at Ryan Field on Wednesday afternoon. The Polar Bears improve to 2-2 this season with the non-conference victory while the Owls drop to 3-2 overall.

Bowdoin's Billy Berger paced the team with four goals while Patrick Lawlor and Ben Chadwick added two apiece. Mark Flibotte had a goal and three assists for the Polar Bears. Griffin Meehan led all players with five goals and an assist for Keene State. Bowdoin dominated in the face-off circle, as Brendan Hughes (11 wins) and Brian Durkin (eight wins) combined to go 19 for 27.

Five different Polar Bears scored as the hosts jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the opening quarter. The Owls were able to claw back with a 3-1 advantage in the second quarter and, after gaining a man-up advantage shortly before intermission, converted on a Meehan goal just 39 seconds into the third quarter to trim the Bowdoin lead to 6-5. After the teams traded goals, Meehan brought the Owls even with a score at 4:33, knotting the game at seven apiece.

Bowdoin rolled off a 5-1 surge over the next 6:28, however, to take control of the contest. Ben Chadwick got the run started with a score at 3:21 and Russ Halliday and Owen Smith also converted to push Bowdoin's lead to 10-7 at the end of the third. After Taylor Jette trimmed the lead to 10-8 early in the final period, Bergner netted a pair of goals - both off of Flibotte assists - to increase the Polar Bear lead to 12-8 with 11:53 to go. Bergner added another goal later in the fourth period as Bowdoin was able to hold off a late two-goal rally by the Owls.

Jake McCampbell made 13 saves in net for the Polar Bears, who held a 38-33 advantage in shots and 39-19 edge in ground balls. Jason Lesser stopped 14 shots in the cage for Keene State.


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