No. 20 Bowdoin Cruises Past Men's Lax, 10-5|
AMHERST, Mass. - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team, the number-20 team in the country in the latest STX/USILA poll, scored four unanswered goals to open the game, part of a 6-1 first quarter, and never looked back, cruising to a 10-5 victory over host Amherst College in a Saturday afternoon NESCAC conference tilt on Hitchcock Field.
|A dejected Stephan Hein |
heads to the locker room
after the Jeffs'
fourth straight loss
The game opened with sloppy play on both sides, until Polar Bear midfielder Hunter Walter (Pepper Pike, OH) found the back of the net at the 10:29-mark, finishing the play despite a slash from Amherst defender Colin Renz (White Plains, NY). 20 seconds later, the visitors took advantage of the extra-man opportunity, when co-captain Wendell Simonson (Brookline, MA) beat his twin brother, Amherst goalie Corey Simonson (Brookline, MA) to put the Polar Bears ahead 2-0. Less than three minutes later, Alex Ellis (Brookline, MA), Bowdoin's leading scorer entering the game, bested Amherst's Simonson off-stick hip for a 3-0 edge, before Bowdoin's Simonson fed senior Jeff Neill (Key West, FL) from behind the Amherst cage to give the visitors a 4-0 advantage.
The Jeffs finally got on the scoreboard off the ensuing face-off, when sophomore Chris Condlin (Baltimore, MD) scooped up a loose ball in front of the net to beat Bowdoin goalie P.J. Prest (Potomac, MD), who was out of position. The Jeffs couldn't feed off of Condlin's goal, however, and Bowdoin scored twice more before the end of the quarter to take a 6-1 lead after the first period.
The Jeffs opened the second quarter aggressively, and closed to 6-2 when sophomore midfielder Matt Margolis (Short Hills, NJ) converted a feed from senior Rob Gibson (South Salem, NY) to beat Prest stick-side hip on an extra-man opportunity. The Polar Bears answered, however, extending the lead back to five just three minutes later, thanks to an unassisted goal from Josh Allen (Saugus, MA). The score stayed that way through halftime, as the two teams traded even play in the midfield. The third quarter featured more of the same, and after Ellis scored his second tally of the contest for an 8-2 Bowdoin lead, the Jeffs responded when senior Mark Cahill (Newburyport, MA) found junior Harlow Voorhees (Chevy Chase, MD) to cut the Polar Bear edge back to five.
Bowdoin opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back goals, including another from Simonson, before the Jeffs began to rally. Fully 15 of the Jeffs' 34 shots on goal for the game came in the final period, but most were either wide of the cage or turned away by Prest. With three minutes left, Voorhees fed first-year Craig McBeth (Wyckoff, NJ), which was followed two minutes later by a goal from Amherst sophomore Tucker Sowers (Ridgewood, NJ). The offensive surge came too little, too late for hosts, and Bowdoin effectively cruised to the 10-5 victory.
With the win, the Polar Bears improve to 6-4, with a stellar 5-2 conference mark, good enough for third place in the 10-team league. Ellis finished with two goals and two assists on the afternoon, while Simonson added the one helper to his two-goal effort. Amherst, losers of four straight, falls to 5-5, 2-5 in league play, and are currently seventh in the league, with only the top seven teams earning bids to the first-ever NESCAC men's lacrosse tournament. The Jeffs will likely need at least a split of their final two games of the regular season to lock up a spot in the seven-team field, beginning with Thursday's home game against the Connecticut College Camels. Bowdoin, who has already locked up a bid in the tournament, hosts Colby College on Wednesday, and could seal a first-round home game with a win over the White Mules.
April 21, 2001
AC - Condlin, Margolis, McBeth, Sowers, Voorhees;
BC - Ellis 2, Simonson 2, Walter 2, Allen, Margolis, McMann, Neill;
AC - Cahill, Condlin, Gibson, Voorhees;
BC - Ellis 2, Devens, Margolis, Neill, Simonson;
AC - Corey Simonson, 8 saves (10 ga, 60:00);
BC - P.J. Prest, 12 saves (5 ga, 60:00);
Shots: AC 34, BC 38;
Ground Balls: AC 33, BC 28;
EMO: AC 1/3, BC 1/5;
Penalties: AC 5 for 4:00, BC 3 for 1:30;