Bowdoin Posts 16-5 NCAA Men's Lacrosse First Round Victory
Courtesy Bowdoin Sports Information
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team held Mount Ida scoreless for the first 34:07 en route to a 16-5 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Wednesday evening at Ryan Field.
The Polar Bears improve to 14-5 this season with the victory and advance to the second round of the tournament where they will face Union College on Saturday.
The location of the contest, as well as game time and ticket information, will be announced on Thursday morning. Mount Ida ends its campaign with a record of 15-5.
Patrick Lawlor dished out five assists for the Polar Bears in the victory while Will Wise had a team-best three goals. Christopher Anderson, Griffin Cardew, Tyler Williams and Keegan Mehlhorn also had two goals each for the hosts. Mount Ida received a single tally from five different players and were led in scoring by Zach Jacobson, who had a goal and an assist.
Bowdoin left little doubt in Wednesday night's contest as they sprinted to a 7-0 lead after one quarter and a 13-0 spread at halftime. The Polar Bears scored just 37 seconds into the contest as David Nemirov deposited a feed from Anderson. The goal sparked a 4-0 surge over the first 3:21 as Bowdoin quickly took command of the game. Meanwhile, the Polar Bear defense locked down the Mustangs, permitting just four shots in the opening half.
Michael Trocchi finally scored for the visitors at 10:53 of the third quarter, only to see Bowdoin roll off a pair of goals in a span of 44 seconds to take a 15-1 advantage. Mount Ida finished strong, scoring four goals in the final 21:04 to trim the final margin to 16-5.
Christopher Williamson played 45 minutes in goal for the Polar Bears, stopping seven shots and allowing just three goals. Michael Bottinelli played the final quarter for Bowdoin, making two stops and allowing a pair of goals. Bowdoin's defenders enjoyed a stellar outing, led by Dylan Hannes' five caused turnovers and three ground balls. Maxwell Rosner (four caused turnovers, three ground balls), Matthew Egan (three caused turnovers, three ground balls) and Sether Hanson (one caused turnover, four ground balls) all contributed to the effort.
Jimmy McAllister made 16 saves and allowed 16 goals for the Mustangs, who got three caused turnovers from Nick Maurias. Bowdoin's Brendan Hughes was the top face-off man in the contest, winning 13 of his 18 chances. The Polar Bears finished with a 43-17 advantage in shots for the contest.
Wednesday's win was the second NCAA Tournament victory in program history for the Polar Bears, who are making their second appearance all-time in NCAA play. Bowdon also defeated Mount Ida in the first round of the 2008 tournament. Bowdoin's 14 victories this season are the most for the program since Tom McCabe's inaugural season of 1991.