#14 Bowdoin Rallies from Early Deficit to Top Williams

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College held Williams scoreless for a stretch of 33 minutes on its way to a 9-6 win on Sunday afternoon at Pickard Field. The 14th-ranked Polar Bears have won five straight contests and improve to 7-1 (4-1 NESCAC), while the Ephs fall to 2-5 (1-4 NESCAC) with the loss.

Mark Flibotte continued his hot play, scoring four goals for the second consecutive day. Conor O'Toole had a goal and an assist while Franklin Reis and Will Wise had two assists each. Evan Dedominicis led Williams with two goals on the afternoon.

The Ephs sprinted to a 4-1 lead after one quarter of play thanks to three scores in the final 3:21 of the period. Bowdoin's defense locked down Williams from there, not allowing a goal and permitting just eight shots over the second and third quarters.

Meanwhile, the Polar Bear offense kicked into gear, scoring six consecutive goals to take the lead for good. Nathan Fritts drew Bowdoin within a goal, 4-3, with a score just before halftime. Billy Bergner tied the contest just 35 seconds into the third quarter and O'Toole, Flibotte and Dan Hanley finished off the run to give the hosts a 7-4 edge with 12:08 remaining.

After going 33:51 without scoring a goal, Dedominicis got Williams back into the scoring column with a marker at 11:16 of the fourth quarter. But Bowdoin responded with scores from Patrick Lawlor and Flibotte just 1:50 apart to put the contest out of reach.

Chris Williamson made ten saves in net for Bowdoin, including five in the fourth quarter. Sean Dougherty also had ten stops in goal for Williams. Brendan Hughes won 10-17 faceoffs and a had a team-high six ground balls for Bowdoin, who also got three caused turnovers and three ground balls from Matthew Egan. Greg White had two caused turnovers for the Ephs while Dougherty scooped a team-best five ground balls.

Bowdoin held a 34-28 edge in shots for the contest and earned a 32-22 advantage in ground balls. The Ephs went 1-6 with the man advantage while the Polar Bears went 0-5.

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BRUNSWICK, ME–– Despite an early lead, Williams (2-5) fell to NESCAC foe Bowdoin (7-1) 9-6. Today's loss breaks the two-game winning streak Williams had built against Washington & Lee and Bates.

The Ephs scoring was led by Evan Dedominicis (Greenville, DE) and Mark Filbotte (Cohasset, MA) spearheaded the Polar Bears' effort with five points. This is the 20th time the Polar Bears and the Ephs have met since 1988. Bowdoin leads the all-time series 14-6.

The Ephs, who are currently tied for ninth place in the NESCAC, jumped out to an early lead against the No. 3 Polar Bears. Junior Dedominicis scored the first goal of the game. He was assisted by Steven Kiesel (Excelsior, NM). Bowdoin returned fire two minutes later, tying the game at 1-1. The Ephs went on to score three more unanswered goals in the first, including two from seniors Michael Acierno (Short Hills, NJ) and Sam Hargrove (Wallingford, PA) and one from Kiesel.

Williams entered the second quarter with a 4-1 lead, but Bowdoin returned from the break ready to play. Filbotte (Cohasset, MA) scored his second goal of the game at 10:09. Play went back and forth between the two teams, and the Ephs were able to hold the Polar Bears to two until the final moments of the quarter. Nathan Fritts (Portland, OR), assisted by Will Wise (Cohasset, MA), brought the score within one with 50 seconds left to play. Williams closed the quarter up 4-3.

Bowdoin continued their second quarter run, putting away four more goals to take a 7-4 lead. Dedominicis broke the Polar Bears' streak, notching his second goal of the game with 11:16 left to play in the fourth quarter. Patrick Lawlor (Hanover, MA) responded five minutes later, followed closely by Filbotte's third goal of the game, giving Bowdoin a 9-5 lead. Williams junior midfielder Will Stewart (South Salem, NY) brought the game within three on a man-up situation after Bowdoin's Matthew Egan (Newton, MA) took a holding penalty. The Ephs ran out of time, finally falling to the Polar Bears 9-6.

Sean Dougherty and Chris Williamson played the entire sixty minutes. Dougherty faced 19 shots, saving ten of them. Williamson made ten saves after facing sixteen shots. Bowdoin outshot Williams 34-28 and picked up 32 ground balls to Williams' 22.

Williams hosts No. 4 Tufts on April 7th. The game begins at 1:00 pm.


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