No. 16 Bowdoin Jumps to Early Lead, Downs Colby

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The 16th-ranked Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team jumped out to 7-1 lead and was never threatened in a 10-6 win over Colby on Tuesday evening at Ryan Field.

The Polar Bears (10-3, 6-3 NESCAC) reach the 10-win plateau for the first time since 2009 and snap a five-game win streak by the Mules (7-4, 4-4 NESCAC).

On Senior Night at Ryan Field, senior co-captain Mark Flibotte scored a game-high four goals with an assist for Bowdoin. Christopher Williamson continued his stretch of hot play in goal for the Polar Bears by notching 20 saves.

Billy Bergner had two goals and three helpers for Bowdoin while Conor O'Toole scored twice for the Polar Bears. Ian Deveau scored three times for Colby while Greg McKillop had two assists. Peter Reiley stopped seven shots for the Mules.

Tied a one early in the first quarter, Bowdoin rolled off six consecutive goals and held Colby scoreless for 33:26. David Nemirov scored shortly before halftime to give the Polar Bears a 6-1 edge at halftime and Bergner made it a 7-1 contest early in the third quarter.

Aided by a pair of man-up opportunities, the Mules scored consecutive goals in a span of 1:04 to trim the lead to 7-3. Bowdoin responded with two goals in the final 2:22 of the third period to grab an insurmountable 9-3 advantage.

Brendan Hughes won 12 of 20 faceoffs for Bowdoin and had eight ground balls. Griffin Cardew had two caused turnovers and three ground balls for the Polar Bears, while Matthew Egan also had three ground balls. Colby was led by nine ground balls from Bjorn Knutson and three caused turnovers apiece from Nick Hunnewell and Buddy Reed.

Colby will host Middlebury on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in their next contest. Bowdoin will return to action at Endicott on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College 's five-game winning streak came to an end after Bowdoin College opened up a big early lead and got a fine effort from its goaltender in a 10-6 win over the Mules on Wednesday night.

The Mules fall to 7-4 overall and 4-4 in conference play. Colby, ranked fourth in New England, will play host to Middlebury College this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Bowdoin (10-3 overall, 6-3 NESCAC) is ranked 16th nationally and second in New England.

Bowdoin keeper Chris Williamson made 20 saves, with four or more saves in all four quarters. Colby had a 35-32 shot advantage in the contest and fired 22 shots in the second half.

The Polar Bears scored in the final minute of the opening three quarters of play. Mark Flibotte (4 goals, 1 assist) and Billy Bergner (2 goals, 3 assists) both had five points.

The game was fairly tight in the first quarter. After the Polar Bears scored first, Colby's Ian Deveau tied the game at 1-1 with 9:18 left in the first quarter. Flibotte made it 2-1 with 3:58 remaining and the Polar Bears went up 3-1 at the quarter break when Conor O'Toole scored his second goal of the contest with just four seconds to play.

Bowdoin scored all three of the goals in the second quarter to go up 6-1 at halftime. The Polar Bears added a sixth straight goal to go up 7-1 about five minutes into the third quarter.

Deveau scored two straight goals in a span of 54 seconds to bring the score to 7-3, but Flibotte tallied with 2:22 to play for an 8-3 margin. The Mules had an extra-man opportunity shortly after the Bowdoin goal, but did not score and then gave up a goal with just 48 seconds left in the quarter.

The game stayed 9-3 until John Jennings scored with 6:17 to play on the second assist of the night from Greg McKillop. Trevor Shorb tallied off a pass from Jonathan McIvor with 1:49 to play to make it 9-5. Flibotte scored his fourth goal just 28 seconds later to clinch the victory. Colby's Scott Margolis closed out the scoring with 1:02 to play.

Nick Hunnewell and Buddy Reed both had three caused turnovers for Colby. Peter Willauer chipped in with two caused turnovers and three ground balls, Russ Wilson had two caused turnovers, Ian Boldt scooped three ground balls, and Bjorn Knutson had nine ground balls.

2012-04-17



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