The Bowdoin College men’s lacrosse team rattled off its sixth consecutive victory as the Polar Bears doubled-up Trinity, 12-6 on Saturday afternoon.

The 18th-ranked Polar Bears climbed to 6-2 (4-1 New England Small College Athletic Conference). The Bantams fell to 2-6 overall, 0-5 in the conference.

Trinity scored less than a minute into play, but the Polar Bears responded with four goals in the opening quarter, including three in less than a minute. Nick Conway, Jake Crossman and Shawn Daly scored in quick succession to give Bowdoin the 4-1 lead.

The Bantams cut the deficit heading into the half with quick back-to-back goals in the second, responding to an opening tally by Bowdoin’s Matthew Crowell to close to 5-3.

Four different Polar Bears scored in the third and Daly dished out assists on all but one goal in the quarter while outscoring the Bantams 4-0 through the frame for a 9-3 edge.

The teams traded goals through the final 15 minutes of play, and Brett Kujala and Daly each picked up their second of the game for the Polar Bears.

Daly, Kujala and Crowell all had a pair of goals, while Daly paced the Polar Bears with three helpers. Sam Carlin went 16-of-22 in faceoffs for Bowdoin. Peter Mumford made six stops between the pipes to earn the win.

The Polar Bears play their first home game of the season in a 7 p.m. mid-week matchup against undefeated Bates on Wednesday.

Women’s lacrosse

BRUNSWICK — Trinity College held off a late Bowdoin rally to take a 12-7 victory in a battle of top-ten teams on Sunday afternoon at Ryan Field. The sixth-ranked Bantams improved to 9-1 (5-0 NESCAC), while the eighth-ranked Polar Bears fell to 6-2 (3-2 NESCAC).

Trinity jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first ten minutes and rode the hot play of goaltender Zoe Ferguson to carry a four-goal lead into the break. Allie Barrett scored three first-half goals and Ferguson made 10 saves in the opening half for the Bantams.

Hannah Hirschfeld accounted for the lone Bowdoin goal as Trinity carried a 5-1 lead into intermission. Clare Lyne sparked a 3-1 run out of the break to extend the visitors’ lead to 8-2 before Bowdoin began its furious attempt at a comeback. Kelsey Gallagher opened a 5-1 run for Bowdoin which saw her score three times, including a goal with 8:02 remaining that trimmed the lead to 9-7 with 8:02 to go. Trinity won the ensuing draw control, however, and finished a long possession with a Abby McInerney goal at 6:17 to regain a three-goal lead and Lyne added another score just 15 seconds later to put the contest out of reach.

Bowdoin owned a 29-19 advantage in shots and forced 18 Trinity turnovers, but couldn’t overcome a 15-save effort by Ferguson. Bowdoin’s Kayli Weiss made two saves in 34:23 of action while Erin Morrissey was not credited with a stop over the final 25:37. Clare Lyne led all scorers with four goals and three assists for Trinity while Allie Barrett ended with four goals as well. Abby McInerney had a game-high four draw controls.

Bowdoin was paced by four goals from Kelsey Gallagher while Kara Finnerty had three caused turnovers and two draw controls.

The Polar Bears will travel to Lewiston to face Bates on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.


HARTFORD, Conn. — Bowdoin opened its 2017 NESCAC schedule with a Sunday split at Trinity. The Polar Bears (12-6, 1-1 NESCAC) dropped the series opener by a 7-3 margin, but topped the Bantams (9-6, 1-1 NESCAC) 9-1 in game two.

In the first game, Trinity jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Natalie Bruno tagged a bases loaded single, allowing Erica Merullo to score. Victoria Baez drove in two more runs off a shot to right. Bowdoin responded during its following at bat, as Marisa O’Toole drove in Allison Rutz.

Courtney Erickson extended the Bantams lead with a two-run blast in the bottom of the third to make it 5-1. The Polar Bears final two runs of the game came in the fifth as Ali Miller and Emily Griffin both recorded RBIs. Trinity scored again in both the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away.

Griffin suffered the loss in the circle with seven hits allowed. The senior gave up five walks and fanned as many. Samantha Valdivia went 2-for-3 at the plate and Lauren O’Shea recorded a double. Rutz hit a leadoff triple in the top of the second.

O’Shea put Bowdoin on the board in the top of the second of game two, giving the Polar Bears their first lead of the day with an RBI single. The Bantams responded in the bottom half of the inning to even the game at 1-1.

Bowdoin exploded for six runs in the fifth inning. Miller regained the lead for the Polar Bears with an RBI double that drove in O’Shea. Griffin followed up with a single that allowed Miller to score and eventually crossed the plate herself on a wild pitch. Claire McCarthy added to the run tally with a double. O’Toole capped the inning with a two-run homer.

O’Toole cleared the fence for a second two-run blast in the seventh inning to end the day’s scoring and secure the win. Rutz recorded the win with seven innings of work and four hits allowed. Rutz tallied five strikeouts and one walk.

The Polar Bears return to Connecticut next weekend for a doubleheader at Wesleyan on Saturday, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Women’s tennis

BRUNSWICK — The Polar Bears put together a pair of 9-0 conference wins against Colby and Bates on Sunday afternoon.

Fourth-ranked Bowdoin is 9- 1 on the season and a perfect 3- 0 in NESCAC play. The Mules (6-3, 0-2 NESCAC) suffered their third consecutive loss. Bates (3-9, 1-2 NESCAC) is still in search of its first win since a victory over Hamilton on March 12.

In the Colby match, Tasha Christ and Sasa Jovanovic battled back from a 7-4 deficit at No. 3 doubles to capture a 9-7 victory. Joulia Likhanskaia and Samantha Stalder earned a point at the top spot (8-1). Pilar Giffenig and Tess Trinka did not drop a game in a perfect 8-0 showing at No. 2.

Bowdoin swept singles play with perfect 6-0, 6-0 victories from Likhanskaia at No. 1, Stalder at No. 3, and Jovanovic at No. 6.

Trinka earned the win at No. 2 (6-1, 6-3) and Christ tallied a point in straight sets at No. 4 (6-3, 6-0). Giffenig battled for a straight set victory in the five spot, going 7-5, 7-5.

Christ and Jovanovic did not surrender a game at No. 3 doubles, winning 8-0 in the Bates match. Giffenig and Trinka combined for an 8-1 finish playing No 2. At the top spot, Likhanskaia and Stalder finished off the Bobcats in an 8-4 final.

Trinka did not drop a game (6-0, 6-0) at No. 3 singles. Likhanskaia (6-0, 6-1), Christ (6- 1, 6-0), and Giffenig (6-1, 6-0) quickly followed with wins at one, four, and five respectively. Stalder earned the point at No. 2 with a 6-2, 6-3 finish and Jovanovic went 6-1, 6-2 in the six spot.

Bowdoin plays at Amherst on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Men’s tennis

BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin held off Brandeis in its home-opening match of the spring on Friday evening, 6-3, at Maine Pines Raquet Center. The third-ranked Polar Bears improve to 9-1 overall with the victory.

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