Men’s lacrosse falls to Bowdoin in opener

Jack Lauroesch ’16 scored a goal for the Ephs in their 11-6 loss to the Polar Bears last Saturday.
Jack Lauroesch ’16 scored a goal for the Ephs in their 11-6 loss to the Polar Bears last Saturday.

Last Saturday, men’s lacrosse (0-1, 0-1 in the NESCAC) traveled to Bowdoin for its season opener. Though the men tallied both the first and last points of the game, they fell to Bowdoin 11-6.

Although Bowdoin won the first faceoff, goalie Dan Whittam ’15 saved and cleared the ball after a shot and worked the ball back toward the offensive end. The Ephs spent much of the first quarter trading possession with the Polar Bears until Jack Lauroesch ’16 received a pass from Peter Crane ’16 with 5:11 left and ripped the ball past the opposing goalie into the back of the net. Four minutes later, with 1:10 left in the first quarter, Bowdoin retaliated with a goal. The Ephs and the Polar Bears ended the first quarter tied 1-1.

The second quarter proved to be a battle of possession that the Polar Bears greatly capitalized on. Although Michael Fahey ’17 scored quickly off a pass from Riley Hoffman ’17, Bowdoin retaliated with a five-goal run. A Williams penalty gave Bowdoin the advantage for part of the quarter and the men went into halftime with a 6-2 deficit.

The third quarter began with the Ephs mmediately capitalizing on possession as Hoffman notched his first career goal within the first two minutes of play. Bowdoin, however, notched three more goals, while the men struggled to find the back of the net. The score at the end of the third frame was 9-3 in favor of Bowdoin.

Despite a six-goal deficit, the Ephs entered the fourth and final quarter of the game with momentum. Again, the Ephs scored the first goal of the quarter as Fahey scored off of a pass from Tanner MacIvor ’16. The Ephs then replaced starting goalie Whittam with Miles McCarthy ’16. While McCarthy made several crucial saves, the Ephs suffered another penalty that allowed the Polar Bears to score several more goals and go up 11-4. The Ephs finished the game with the last two goals of the day, which were scored by rookie Thomas Fowler ’17 and Fahey, giving the latter a hat trick in his first career game. The final score was 11-6 in Bowdoin’s favor.

Coach George McCormack acknowledged tri-captain David Lee’s efforts on the face-off as

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well as the depth of his team. “Michael Fahey, currently our leading scorer, and Riley Hoffman really stepped up today. That was pretty neat,” McCormack said. “Bowdoin had a really good second quarter against us, and that ended up making the difference. We did well with ground balls and faceoffs, but we couldn’t come back from that run. We are ready to get right back at it.”

The men’s next contest is at Skidmore today at 5 p.m. They will then travel to Trinity on Saturday and then face off against Castleton this Tuesday.