Conley '20 scores four in men's lacrosse setback at Bowdoin

Chris Conley '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Chris Conley '20 (Josh McKee photo)

The Bowdoin College Polar Bears held the Hamilton College Continentals scoreless for the first 20 minutes of the second half and hung on for a 12-10 NESCAC win at Bowdoin's Whittier Field on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (2-2, 1-2 NESCAC) was led on offense by Chris Conley '20, who scored four goals. Zach Larsen '19 and Clay McCollum '19 chipped in two goals apiece, and both Charlie Ratner '22 and Henry Hunt '20 added a goal and two assists. Austin Scronce '21 paced the defense with two caused turnovers and Marc Welch '22 scooped up three ground balls. Quin Crowley '22 won 14 of 26 faceoffs and picked up 11 ground balls. Max Scheidl '21 made 13 saves as he moved his save percentage to 52.1 percent.

Chris Fowler paced the Polar Bears (4-1, 2-1) with three goals and Will Murtagh, Sam Langan and Jake Crossman tallied two each. Brad Ingersoll and Charlie Pyne recorded a goal and an assist apiece. Ryan Donlan caused three turnovers and Sam Carlin won 12 faceoffs and collected six ground balls. Jack O'Connor turned away 17 shots, including six in the fourth quarter.

The Continentals led 7-5 at the half but Ingersoll put Bowdoin in the lead for good at 8-7 with 12:18 left in the third quarter. Reed Baker capped the Polar Bears' six-goal run and gave them an 11-7 advantage with 10:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. Hamilton, which is averaging 14 goals per game, scored three times after the break.

The Continentals took a 2-0 lead on goals by Hunt and Conley in the opening 4:04. Bowdoin scored two goals before the end of the quarter and the teams were tied at 2-2 through one.

McCollum's man-up goal 65 seconds into the second quarter lifted Hamilton back into the lead. The Polar Bears countered with three straight goals and grabbed a 5-3 cushion with 8:57 to go. The Continentals scored four goals in the final seven minutes of the quarter and took a 7-5 lead into the half. Larsen started the spurt with 6:39 left, Conley scored twice, and Chad Morse '19 found Ratner for another goal with 35 seconds remaining.

Hamilton hosts Nazareth College for a non-conference game at Steuben Field on Wednesday, March 20 at 4 p.m.