Brunswick, Maine - The visiting Trinity College Bantam men's lacrosse team held the Bowdoin College Polar Bears scoreless in the second half and scored three times in the final 3:34 to take a 7-4 win at Pickard Field this afternoon. The No. 19-ranked Bantams remain unbeaten in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play at 5-0 and improve to 7-2 overall. The No. 11-ranked Polar Bears drop their second-straight contest and fall to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the NESCAC.
Junior attackman Rob Nogueras (Parkland, Fla.) scored three times for Trinity, who held Bowdoin scoreless for the final 35:26. First-year attackman Jack Castelli (Huntington, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist for the Bantams while senior captain goalkeeper Peter Johnson (Riverside, Conn.) stopped 10 shots. Polar Bear netminder Christopher Williamson made 22 saves in the loss for Bowdoin. Billy Bergner led the Polar Bear offense with a goal and an assist.
Bowdoin held the lead at intermission after Mark Flibotte scored to give the hosts a 4-3 edge with 5:26 to go in the second quarter. But the Polar Bears would not find the back of the net again as the Bantams evened the score midway through the third quarter on a Castelli marker at 7:10. The game settled into a defensive struggle with the Bantams controlling the majority of the possession into the fourth quarter. Trinity took 15 shots in the final period, but the Bowdoin defense kept the visitors at bay until the 3:23 mark. Junior middie Steve Manning (Tyngsboro, Mass.) took control of a loose ball on the weak side of the net and quickly snapped a shot into the cage to give Trinity its first lead of the afternoon, 5-4. Nogueras added an insurance goal just 52 seconds later and sealed the win with an empty-netter at 1:17. Trinity held a 44-28 edge in shots and won nine of 15 faceoffs. Bowdoin committed 24 turnovers to 22 for the Bantams. Both teams posted scoreless 0-3 performances with the extra man.