Ben Kujala scored five goals, including one at the third quarter buzzer, to lift Bowdoin College to a 10-8 win over Colby in New England Small College Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse Wednesday night at Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium.

The Polar Bears improved to 8-5 overall and 6-3 in the league, while the Mules dropped to 2-10 and 1-7 in the conference.

The Mules took a 1-0 lead with 10:18 left in the first quarter on Kevin Seiler’s goal. Bowdoin scored the next three goals and never trailed again in the first half. Kujala, Daniel Buckman and Sam Langan all had unassisted goals in the final 7:19 of the opening quarter.

Kujala made it 4-2 with 12:29 to halftime off a pass from Ryan Kenney, and Bowdoin carried a 5-4 lead to halftime.

Colby tied the contest in the third quarter, 6-6, but the Polar Bears scored late in the frame for a 7-6 edge heading to the fourth.

Kujala added his fifth goal from Drew Hillman just 2:03 into the final quarter for an 8-6 lead. James DiSisto tallied from Jimmy Young with 8:15 remaining and Buckman scored unassisted for the Polar Bears’ final goal with seven minutes to play.

Colby did make it a game in the final minutes. Don Vivian scored unassisted with 4:38 to go and Tucker Dietrick tallied with 2:30 remaining for the final goal. Colby had a sequence over 28 seconds with three great scoring opportunities, but two went just wide and the other was stopped by goalie Peter Mumford, who had eight saves and five ground balls.

Bowdoin hosts Endicott on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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