BRUNSWICK, Maine – The 19th-ranked and No. 6 seeded Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team dropped a difficult NESCAC Quarterfinal matchup Saturday afternoon on the road against 13th-ranked and third-seeded Bowdoin College, 10-8 at Pickard Field.
Wesleyan: 10-5, 6-4 NESCAC
Bowdoin: 12-4, 7-3 NESCAC
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In a very even contest that went back-and-forth often, two 3-0 runs by Bowdoin paired with an excellent defensive effort saw the Polar Bears come out victorious.
- Three Cardinals scored two goals each to lead the visitor's; Quentin DellaFera '16, Harry Stanton '18 and Christian Barker '19. Barker also recorded an assist for a team-high three points, while Niall Devaney '16, Taylor Ghesquiere '18 and Carter Hawthorne '19 all factored into the scoring. Andres Rodriguez '18 led the team with three ground balls and two caused turnovers, and goalie Ted Bergman '17 made nine saves in net.
- Brett Kujala led all players with five points on four goals and one assist, while Shawn Daley scored two goals and dished out two assists. Daniel Buckman and Sam Carlin each registered three points (1 G, 2 A), while Carlin pulled in a game-high 12 ground balls. Goalie Peter Mumford made 12 saves between the posts.
- Bowdoin held a decisive edge in faceoffs, 17-22, and shots, 52-37, but Wesleyan turned the ball over just 12 times compared to 19 by the home team. The Cardinals also finished 17-of-18 on clear attempts, while Bowdoin finished 13-of-16.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- Bowdoin got on the board just 50 seconds into play on a goal from Buckman, but Wesleyan responded at the 13:36 mark when Hawthorne connected with DellaFera.
- Tied at 1-1, the Polar Bears scored three straight in less than two minutes, including back-to-back scores by Daley to take a 4-1 lead.
- An unassisted goal by Stanton at the 3:54 mark ended Bowdoin's streak, and a score by DellaFera with just 0:13 remaining in the first quarter put Wesleyan within one, 4-3.
- After both teams exchanged goals, the Polar Bears went on another 3-0 run to go ahead 8-4 with 5:22 to play before the break.
- Wesleyan narrowed the gap in the closing minutes with goals from Devaney and Stanton at the 2:25 and 1:36 marks, respectively, to make it an 8-6 game at halftime.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- It didn't take long for Wesleyan to get on the board in the second half as Barker scored an unassisted marker just 34 seconds into the third quarter.
- The Polar Bears increased their lead to two with 10:09 to play in the third when Kujala connected with Alex Osgood for the score, however, Wesleyan got within one just over three minutes later off another unassisted score by Barker. Neither team would score in the final 6:56 of the third.
- The one-goal margin would prove to be the closest the Cardinals would get the rest of the way as Mumford played excellent between the posts for Bowdoin down the stretch.
- Wesleyan was held scoreless in the fourth quarter, while Kujala added an insurance tally with 2:56 to play in regulation.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Cardinals are now 18-14 all-time in the NESCAC Championship. They won the title once, in 2009, and finished as the runner-up five times.
- Today's game marked the second meeting between Wesleyan and Bowdoin this season. On April 16, the Polar Bears rallied from four-down to force overtime before Stanton scored the game-winner just 2:34 into the extra period to secure the Cardinals' 12-11 victory.
- Bowdoin leads the all-time series, 40-27, but Wesleyan has won four of the past five meetings dating back to 2013.
- Wesleyan awaits its NCAA Tournament fate when the field is announced Sunday, May 8 at 9 p.m. on NCAA.com.
- The Polar Bears advance to the NESCAC Semifinals and will face the winner of No. 2 Amherst vs. No. 7 Williams Saturday, May 7 in Medford, Mass., hosted by top-seeded Tufts.