NEW LONDON, Conn.—Junior net-minder Peter Mumford (Plymouth, N.H.) collected nine of his 16 saves in the second half to lead the 13th ranked Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team to their ninth straight win in a 9-5 victory at Connecticut College today.
The Polar Bears improved their record to 9-1 while upping their NESCAC record to 6-1 with the triumph. The Camels fell to 6-5 overall and are 2-4 in conference action.
Sophomore attackman Brett Kujala (Maple Ridge, B.C.) had a hat-trick with three goals to pace the visitors on offense. Classmate Shawn Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) scored a goal and assisted on four others in a five-point outburst for the winning side. Daniel Buckman (Merion Station, Pa.) scored twice for Bowdoin.
Andrew Cowan (Longmeadow, Mass.) had a pair of caused turnovers to go with a ground ball in a strong defensive effort.
Sam Carlin (New Albany, Ohio) won 5-of-18 battles at the X to go with his four ground balls.
Connecticut College sophomore midfielder Tucker Mscisz (pictured, Topsfield, Mass.) tallied two scores to lead the hosts on offense. Senior Derek Bertolini (Killingworth, Conn.) and junior Ross Thompson (Mahopac, N.Y.) both contributed with a goal and an assist in the contest.
Bertolini has dished out 62 assists in just two seasons of action with the Camels. He passed Chris Abplanalp '98 today to take sole possession of 10th place on the program's all-time assist leader list.
Junior closed defender Timothy Covel (Cheshire, Conn.) had two ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers for the Camels.
Sophomore Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) won 13-of-18 battles at the X, adding eight ground balls in the setback for the Camels.
Senior Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) made six saves in the cage. He passed Chris Bailey '99 today to move into second place on the program's all-time leader list.
Buckman scored a pair of goals 36 seconds apart to put the Polar Bears on top 2-1. But Bertolini responded with 10:10 to go, executing on a spin move from the left side of the box with his 14th goal of the season to even the game at two. However, Kujala answered when took a feed from Daly and one-time one past Bleistein from point blank range with 9:06 to play. Mumford protected the one goal lead with a terrific stop on Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) with 7:52 remaining and the visitors carried a 3-2 advantage after one.
The Camels opened the scoring with a goal 1:33 into the second period. Bertolini made a nice wraparound move to draw Mumford's attention and dished the ball off to Mscisz, who unloaded with a blast from the left side that found the back of the net. Both goalies made terrific stops in the quarter. Mumford denied Mscisz on his move and shot from point blank range with 7:45 to go. Then, Bleistein answered for the Camels when he denied Daly on his scoring bid in an unsettled situation with 4:55 remaining.
But the Polar Bears were able to regain the lead when Matthew Crowell (Medfield, Mass.) sprinted down the left side and buried a runner with 2:45 remaining and the visitors carried a 4-3 lead into the break.
After the two sides exchanged goals in the third quarter, Bowdoin scored a key insurance goal with 2:03 to go to take a 6-4 lead into the final quarter of regulation. Crowell made a terrific feed from the top of the box down low to Clayton Wright (Summit, N.J.), who flicked one in for the visitors.
Kujala tacked on another insurance marker with 13:34 remaining and the visitors out-scored the Camels 3-1 in the final quarter to come away with the 9-5 victory.
The Camels enjoyed a 40-to-33 advantage on the shot chart and carried a 25-19 edge in ground balls.
Both teams will return to action with home games being played Tuesday. The Polar Bears will host Keene State under the lights in Brunswick, Maine at 7 while the Camels welcome Amherst College for a 4:30 p.m. NESCAC tilt in the Whaling City.