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Grees scores twice in men's soccer's playoff loss at Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- No. 5 nationally ranked Bowdoin scored a minute into the game and never looked back, winning 5-2 over the Bates College men's soccer team in a NESCAC Championship quarterfinal game on Sunday afternoon. The top-seeded Polar Bears improved to 12-1-2 this season and will host the NESCAC Championship next Saturday and Sunday at Pickard Field.

Bates, which received a pair of goals by first-year forward Tyler Grees in the second half, finishes the year with an overall record of 5-9-1.









Bowdoin will host seventh-seeded Wesleyan, who knocked off second-seeded Williams, in a semifinal game on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The second game will feature third-seeded Middlebury and fourth-seeded Amherst at 1:30 p.m. The winners will play for the NESCAC Championship at noon on Sunday.

On Sunday, Bowdoin wasted little time getting on the board as a Daniel Chaffetz throw-in was chipped by Call Nichols to the waiting Nick Powell, who headed it into the net at the one-minute mark of the opening half. In a carbon copy 20 minutes later, Chaffetz threw the ball from the sideline to Nichols again, who found Tim Prior for a header to give the Polar Bears a two-goal advantage. With less than 10 minutes left in the period, Prior took the ball at midfield, slashed through the Bates defense and played a through-ball to Eddie Jones, who booted it into the lower-left corner for a 3-0 lead. Michael Gale added a goal from Ben Brewster just before intermission to give the Polar Bears a commanding 4-0 lead at the break.

The Bobcats found their footing in the second period, however. Grees (Williamstown, Mass.) scored the team's first goal with just under 20 minutes remaining. Five minutes later, Alex Marecki answered for Bowdoin before Grees scored again for Bates with 13 minutes left, on an assist by senior Tim Molnar (Rocky River, Ohio). Grees finishes the season tied for second on the team in goals, at three, with sophomore John Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine). Senior  (Durham, N.H.) led the Bobcats in scoring with six goals and three assists.

The two goals scored by Bates matched a season high for goals scored by a Bowdoin opponent.Patrick Jackson

Bowdoin's Daniel Chaffetz tied a school record with three assists in the game, while Dan Hicks made two saves in 66 minutes before giving way to Will Wise, who permitted two goals and made one save in 32 minutes. Eric Edelman played the final two minutes without recording a stat for Bowdoin.

Junior goalkeeper Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) took the loss in net for Bates, after allowing four goals and making two saves in 70 minutes. Junior Brian Goldberg (New York, N.Y.) finished out the game for the Bobcats with one goal allowed and one save.

Playing in their last game for Bates men's soccer were seven seniors: Tyler Dewdney (Meriden, N.H.), Dustin DiGregorio (Boxford, Mass.), Jackson, Chris LaBrecque (Falmouth, Maine), Dae Ro Lee (Yongin, South Korea), Tyler Mehegan (Duxbury, Mass.) and Molnar.

STATS Bowdoin 5, Bates 2