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#20 Bowdoin College 10, Connecticut College 9 Sawyer Nets Three Goals for Camels

#20 Bowdoin College 10, Connecticut College 9  Sawyer Nets Three Goals for Camels
NEW LONDON, Conn.--The 20th ranked Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team erased an 8-1 first half deficit en route to its 10-9 victory at Connecticut College Saturday.

The Polar Bears improved their record to 9-2 with a 6-1 mark in the NESCAC, while the Camels fell to 7-3 with a 3-3 record in conference play. 

Senior attackman Will Wise (Cohasset, Mass.) contributed with three goals and three assists to lead the visitors in the triumph. Dan Hanley (Falmouth, Maine) scored twice while junior David Nemirov (Setauket, N.Y.) chipped in with a goal and an assist.

Ben Brewster (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) corralled eight ground balls while adding a pair of caused turnovers in a standout performance on defense. 

Rob Talcott (Washington, D.C.) won 10-of-18 faceoffs for Bowdoin. Junior net-minder Connor Laughlin (McLean, Va.) finished with 13 saves in the victory.

Connecticut College junior Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.) finished with three goals in the contest.  JR Hartgers (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and Tyler Hegarty (Setauket, N.Y.) both contributed with two goals and an assist for the Camels.

Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) registered a goal and three assists in the loss. 

John Hazard (South Setauket, N.Y.) won 12-of-23 battles at the X while adding a team best six ground balls.

Anrew Fritschi (Copiague, N.Y.) turned aside seven shots in his first start for the Camels in goal. 

The Camels built a 4-1 lead in the opening quarter of action. Hegarty scored the fourth goal with 3:01 remaining when he took a pass from Thomas Woessner (Old Lyme, Conn.) and unloaded with a shot from the top of the box that found the back of the net.

In the second quarter, the Camels continued to carry play at both ends of the field. In an unsettled situation off of the faceoff, Penn Sednaoui (Bedford, N.Y.) collected a ground ball and pushed the ball ahead to Hegarty for the sixth Camel score. Bertolini made it a 7-1 game before; Hartgers capped an 8-0 rally when he was assisted by Bertolini with 11:20 remaining. 

But the Polar Bears clamped down with an effective zone defense and with pulled to within 8-4 at the break after Hanley scored to close out the first half scoring.

Wise opened the second half scoring with an extra man opportunity goal from the right side with 10:14 remaining. Then, with 9:03 remaining, Nemirov induced a turnover and corralled a ground ball in open field to set up Wise for another score that pulled the Polar Bears to within 8-6. 

Wise assisted Hanley for his second score of the day to close out the third period scoring and it was suddenly an 8-7 game.

The Camels scored the first goal of the fourth quarter to pull ahead 9-7. Hartgers made a nice feed from behind the cage to Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) for a score with 9:24 to play. 

But Wise assisted Daniel O'Berry (McLean, Va.) for a goal with 7:13 remaining. Just 22 seconds later, Nemirov supplied the equalizer and the two sides were knotted up in a 9-9 tie.

With 6:09 to play in the game, Tyler Williams (North Hampton, N.H.) put the Polar Bears on top 10-9 with an unassisted tally. 

Connecticut College's best chance to pull even occurred after the Polar Bears were assessed with a one-minute slashing penalty. But Brewster made the key play to help the visitors secure the win, forcing a turnover and coming away with a ground ball. 

Bowdoin was able to hold on for the 10-9 triumph.

Bowdoin held a slim 35-to-33 advantage in shots while the Camels collected 25 ground balls to the visitors' 21.