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#18 Bowdoin College 7, Connecticut College 5 Moccia Stops 18 Shots in NESCAC Opener for Camels

Rob Moccia '12
Rob Moccia '12
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior net-minder Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) turned aside 18 shots but the 18th ranked Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team prevailed in a 7-5 NESCAC victory on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field Saturday. Junior Patrick Lawlor (Hanover, Mass.) scored twice and put the visitors on top for good with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter of play. Griffin Cardew (Ipswich, Mass.) chipped in with a goal and two assists, while senior Brendan Hughes (Marblehead, Mass.) keyed the possession game by winning 10-of-15 faceoffs and collecting five ground balls for the Polar Bears. Senior Chris Williamson (Winnetka, Ill.) stopped 10 shots in the opening day victory for Bowdoin. Connecticut College junior midfielder John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) finished with two goals and one assist. JR Hartgers (Franklin Heights, N.J.) scored twice and rookie attackman Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.) recorded a goal and an assist for the Camels. The Polar Bears erupted with a pair of goals in a 55 second span of the second period, taking a 4-1 lead when Dan Hanley (Falmouth, Maine) buried a one-timer on a feed from Cardew with 4:35 remaining in the opening half. But the Camels ended the half with a flurry. Lyons got one back with 3:24 to go and Sawyer assisted Hartgers with a cross-crease feed for a goal with 2:08 remaining and the Bowdoin lead was 4-3 at the break. The hosts pulled even when Lyons elevated for a shot from the top of the box with 9:43 remaining in the third quarter. But the Polar Bears scored the next two goals, ending the third quarter with an extra man score with 30 seconds left to carry a 6-4 lead into the fourth quarter. Moccia looked like the All-NESCAC Star that blossomed two years ago, stoning Franklin Reis (Hampton Falls, N.H.) from point-blank range with one of his five saves in the third to keep the Camels in contention. The Camels pulled to within a goal when Sawyer scored 1:54 into the fourth quarter. But Bowdoin held possession for most of the rest of the way and Reis added an insurance marker with 8:32 remaining to close out the scoring. Bowdoin out-shot the Camels 47-to-25 in the contest. Lawlor and Keegan Mehlhorn (North Berwick, Maine) shared corralled six ground balls apiece for the Polar Bears. Clay Hillyer (South Windsor, Conn.) finished with four ground balls each to lead the hosts.

March 10, 2012

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