No. 16 Bowdoin ices Endicott
Fritts scored a hat trick and assisted on another goal
BEVERLY, Mass. -- Bowdoin rolled to its fourth consecutive win, 8-4 against Endicott on Sunday afternoon.
The 16th-ranked Polar Bears (11-3) finish their non-conference slate with a perfect 5-0 mark this spring and reach the 11-win plateau for the first time since the 2008 campaign.
Bowdoin senior attacker Nathan Fritts scored a hat trick and assisted on another goal for four total points to lead all players. Fellow attacker Patrick Lawlor added two more goals while senior goalie Christopher Williamson made 11 saves between the pipes.
Bowdoin's faceoff duo of senior Brendan Hughes and junior Brian Durkin overwhelmed the Gulls as they combined to go 13-for-15 on the draw. Hughes and Durkin would scoop six and five groundballs, respectively. Hughes also assisted on the goal that put Bowdoin on top 7-2 seven seconds after the opening draw of the fourth quarter as he raced down the field to find Fritts.
Bowdoin jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter behind goals by junior Billy Bergner, Fritts, and senior Mark Flibotte. Bergner's goal, from Fritts, at 8:41 gave the Polar Bears a 1-0 lead before Fritts followed with his first of the game nearly three minutes later. Will Wise found Flibotte at 4:22 to cap off the three goal streak.
Endicott got on the board with 2:38 remaining in the first on freshman Harrison Cotter's ninth goal of the season with an assist to Jeremy Morgan. The first quarter ended with the score 3-1 Bowdoin, but the Gulls struck just 32 seconds into the second quarter on an unassisted tally by senior Connor Prescott.
The Gulls, however, would not score again until the 11:02 mark of the fourth quarter as Bowdoin netted four goals in a row to take a 7-2 lead. Two by Fritts and one for both Patrick Lawlor and Keegan Mehlhorn accounted for the scoring. Lawlor would add one more goal sandwiched between unassisted goals by Tordik as Bowdoin went on to win 8-4.
The Polar Bears held a 35-32 advantage on groundballs and were 16-for-20 on clear attempts. Neither team was able to score with the man-advantage (seven total opportunities).