BOSTON, Mass. – A total of 13 different players recorded at-least one goal as the 18th ranked Polar Bears of Bowdoin College defeated lacrosse by the final of 20-6 Tuesday evening in a rain soaked affair at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 6, #18 Bowdoin College 20
UMass Boston (3-4)
Bowdoin College (5-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Polar Bears attack was led the Brandon Lee and Jeff Powers who registered three goals. Lee also had a pair of assists to cap-off a five point night for the senior attackman. For the Beacons Will Christiansen (Weston, Mass.) matched the game-high as the freshman posted three goals, two of which came in the final 6:30 of the fourth quarter.
Bowdoin College jumped out a commanding 7-0 lead through the first 15 minutes of play, and would add the first three goals of the second quarter to make it a double-digit deficit. However the Beacons responded with a quick 2-0 run of their own to end the second quarter.
Just like the first, the Polar Bears attack came out firing as they outscored the Beacons 7-1. The final quarter saw each team register three goals, with Clay Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) also finding the back of the net in the fourth.
Between the pipes Alex Surette (Melrose, Mass.) totaled 11 saves in the loss. Tuesday's win went to John Young who finished with four stops, while allowing three of the Beacons six goals.
Matt Murphy (Watertown, Mass.), finished with 10 face-off wins, while Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) led the team with four ground balls. Robert Ranta (Newton, Mass.) collected three caused turnovers and three ground balls against their nationally-ranked opponents.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Tuesday's contest marked the first meeting between UMass and Bowdoin since 1986
- The Polar Bears have now won six straight over the Beacons
- Tuesday's contest marked the first time that the Beacons have faced a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) since the 2002 season when they faced Tufts University
- Christiansen's hat trick marked the first of his career, while the five points (3g, 2a) he earned in Tuesday's loss now stands as a career-high
- Surette recorded double-digits in saves for the second straight game, having recorded 19 in last Friday's loss to Johnson & Wales University
The Beacons will host Western Connecticut State University on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Beacons conference opener.