March 25, 2014

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Kujala Sparks Bowdoin Over No. 13 Springfield

from press release

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Brett Kujala scored the game-winning goal with 2:20 remaining in regulation to lift the Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team to a 10-9 win over Springfield on Tuesday evening.

The Polar Bears rebound from just their second loss of the season Saturday to defeat the #13 Pride and improve to 6-2 on the season. Springfield falls to 5-2 overall on the year.

Kujala and Tyler Williams finished with two goals and one assist apiece. Conor O'Toole scored twice in the win for Bowdoin while Will Wise had three assists - all in the fourth quarter. Bryce Serriello led Springfield with a hat trick.

The Pride got out to an early 3-1 lead following a pair of goals from senior attackman Ryan Murphy. After a pair of strikes from O'Toole and an inside finish from defenseman Mac Caputi, the Polar Bears gained a 4-3 advantage with 4:22 remaining in the first half. Just 1:30 later, senior Devin Abad knotted the game at four goals apiece with a well-spotted shot from the left alley, sending the contest into halftime.

After a goal from Tyler Williams, the Pride capped a long possession with a bounce shot from Sheehan that found the bottom right-hand corner of the net, tying the game at five. With just under four minutes remaining in the third quarter, Serriello dodged down the right alley and ripped a bounce shot past Bowdoin goalkeeper Connor Laughlin to give the Pride a 6-5 advantage.

Back-to-back Bowdoin goals from Franklin Reis and Kujala gave the Polar Bears a 7-6 advantage with 12:01 remaining in the contest when Kujala caught a pass from Wise and snuck one past Springfield goalkeeper Connor Nash. Just three minutes later, Williams beat his defender and pulled up for a 15-yard bounce shot that found its way into the back of the net to give the Polar Bears an 8-6 edge midway through the fourth quarter.

In response, Serriello let a shot go from the right side to pull the Pride back to within one goal. Just one minute later, Brendan Boss found the back of then net to even the game at 8-8. At the 5:21 mark, Bowdoin sophomore Sean Offner fired a bounce shot past Nash off of an assist from Wise to give the Polar Bears a 9-8 lead. Serriello responded with his third tally of the contest to pull the Pride back even with 3:51 to go.

With a man-up advantage late in the game, Kujala received an assist from Wise on the crease once more and beat Nash to give the Polar Bears a 10-9 advantage with 2:20 remaining in the contest, sealing the victory.

Laughlin made eight saves in the win for Bowdoin.

The Polar Bears will return to action at home Saturday against Trinity at 1:00 p.m.


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