No. 15 Polar Bears Hold off Continentals

CLINTON, N.Y. - Head coach Tom McCabe became the winningest coach in Bowdoin lacrosse history on Saturday afternoon, as the Polar Bears built a big first half lead and held off Hamilton for a 13-9 victory.

The 15th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 4-1 (2-1 NESCAC) while the Continentals fall to 1-4 and remain winless in league play (0-4 NESCAC).

The victory moves McCabe, in his 22nd and final season, past former head coach Mort LaPointe for first place on the school's all-time wins list with 219. LaPointe won 218 contests over his 21 legendary seasons at the helm of the Polar Bears. McCabe's career total stands 11th among active Division III coaches and 15th all-time in Division III history.

Mark Flibotte and Franklin Reis scored three goals apiece for Bowdoin, who got a goal and five assists from Patrick Lawlor and two goals with three assists from Billy Bergner. Luke Sisler and Jon Leanos had two goals each for Hamilton.

After permitting the game's first goal, Bowdoin rolled off eight straight goals to take a commanding 8-1 lead at intermission. Flibotte scored all three of his goals in the run, while Reis notched a pair of man-up tallies. The Polar Bears scored six times in the second period alone.

Hamilton was able to chip away at the Bowdoin lead in the second half, but could not get closer than four goals until Luke Sadoff scored with 5:48 remaining to cut the lead to 12-9. Dan Hanley scored moments later for Bowdoin, pushing the lead back to four goals and sealing the victory for the Polar Bears.

Chris Williamson made 12 saves for Bowdoin while Brendan Hughes (11-15) and Brian Durkin (8-11) dominated the faceoff dot, winning 19 of 26 for the contest. Keegan Mehlhorn scooped a game-high seven ground balls for Bowdoin.

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CLINTON, N.Y.-- 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.

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2012-03-24



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