BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College sophomore Nick Rutherford (Woodbridge, Conn.) scored five goals and senior Josh Reitzas (Boston, Mass.) added three goals and three assists, helping the Polar Bears build a commanding lead and coast to a 15-11 victory over Amherst on a soggy, Saturday afternoon. Goalie Will Casella (Sewickley, Pa.) made 21 saves to help the Polar Bears win their fifth straight game.
Amherst (8-6) would score first on a goal by Kyle Bohannon (Key West, Fla.) but Bowdoin (8-5) then went on a 10-1 run over the next 26:12 of the first half to lead comfortably, 10-2, with 2:33 left in the half. One of the goals in the Polar Bear binge was by first-year Wendell Simonson (Brookline, Mass.), who had to beat his identical twin brother, and Amherst goalie, Corey Simonson (Brookline, Mass.) to earn it. Wendell would end the afternoon with a goal and two assists while Corey made eight saves for the Lord Jeffs.
With a spurt at the end of the second quarter and midway through the third, Amherst managed to cut the Bowdoin lead to 12-8 heading into the fourth with a goal by its leading scorer, Sam Altman (Owings Mills, Md.). However, with goals by John McAuliffe (Weston, Conn.) and Nick Liebman (Denver, Colo.) at the beginning of the fourth stanza, Bowdoin pushed the lead back to six and cruised to the 15-11 final.
Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, N.Y.) and Payson Bullard (Wilton, Conn.) led the Amherst attack with three goals each while John Harden (Nantucket, Mass.) had three assists for the Polar Bears.
Saturday, April 25, 1998 in Brunswick, Maine Amherst (8-6) 2 3 3 3 -- 11 Bowdoin (8-5) 5 5 2 3 -- 15GOALS
(A) - Matt Roy 2, Altman 2, Sowers.
(B) - Reitzas 3, John Harden 3, Simonson 2, O'Callahan, Jeff Neill, Ian McKee.
(A) - Corey Simonson 8.
(B) - Will Casella 21.
Taken from a Bowdoin College Press Release