Bowdoin Takes NESCAC Win from Connecticut College

NEW LONDON, Conn.-Bowdoin College built a 4-2 lead at the half on their way to a 9-5 victory at Connecticut College Saturday.

The Polar Bears improve to 3-4 with a 1-3 record in the NESCAC, while the Camels fall to 2-6 with a record of 0-4 in conference action.

Owen Smith (Brunswick, Maine), Patrick Lawlor (Hanover, Mass.) and Keegan Mehlhorn (North Berwick, Maine) all contributed with two goals and one assist to lead the visitors.

Junior defenseman Matthew Egan (Newton, Mass.) tallied a team-best seven ground balls for the Polar Bears. Senior net-minder Robert Burkhardt (St. Louis, Mo.) recorded five saves for the winning side.

Senior midfielder Mark Mangano (Basking Ridge, N.J.) tallied three goals and assisted on a fourth goal to lead Connecticut College. Mangano has now scored nine goals in his past two starts.

Eric Doran (Pennington, N.J.) doled out two assists for the Camels. Junior John Lenehan (Hingham, Mass.) made 19 stops in between the pipes for the hosts.

Bowdoin struck for two goals in a 26 second span of the first quarter, taking the lead for good with an unassisted marker from Smith with 4:14 remaining. In the second quarter, Nathan Fritts (Portland, Ore.) assisted Lawlor for a goal that vaulted the visitors out to a 4-1 advantage at the 7:33 mark.

But with 2:32 remaining in the half, Doran made a nifty looking pass across the box to Mangano, who rifled one home to close the gap to 4-2 at the break.

Both teams scored twice in the third quarter and Bowdoin carried a 6-4 advantage into the final 15 minutes of regulation.

In the fourth quarter, Smith assisted Mellhorn for an insurance goal with 9:58 left. Later on with 6:22 to go, the Polar Bears cashed in on an extra man opportunity, using a goal from Mark Flibotte (Cohasset, Mass.) to build an 8-4 advantage.

With 4:10 remaining, the Camels got one back when John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) intercepted a clearing pass and found the back of the net with his sixth goal of the season to make it an 8-4 game but the Camels could not get any closer and the visitors were able to hold on for the 9-5 win.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. - Bowdoin used a suffocating defensive effort to earn a key NESCAC road victory at Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon, 9-5. The Polar Bears, who held the Camels to just 14 shots on the afternoon, improve to 3-4 and net their first NESCAC win of the season and stand at 1-3 in league play. The Camels bow to 2-6 (0-4 NESCAC) with the loss.

A trio of Polar Bears posted two-goal, one-assist efforts, including Patrick Lawlor, Keegan Mehlhorn and Owen Smith. Connecticut College's Mark Mangano led all scorers with three goals and an assist in defeat.

Bowdoin used a four-goal run to close the first quarter and open the second to claim a 4-1 lead that they would never relinquish. Mehlhorn and Smith scored 26 seconds apart to key the run, which included another goal by Smith and Lawlor's first tally.

The Camels were able to cut the lead to a single goal twice in the third quarter, but Bowdoin answered each time. Russell Halliday capped the period with a goal and sparked a 3-0 Polar Bear surge that carried into the final quarter as Bowdoin permitted just one Conn. College goal over the final 17:03 and accounted for four of the game's final five scores.

Robert Burkhardt made five saves in net for Bowdoin, who dominated possession thanks to outstanding work by face-off specialists Brendan Hughes (7 for 9) and Brian Durkin (6 for 9). The Polar Bears held a

45-14 edge in shots, a 32-18 advantage in ground balls and converted two of three with the man advantage. John Lenehan kept the Camels in the contest with a 19-save effort in goal for the home team.

2011-04-02



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