|Tucker Mathers picked up 12 ground balls for the Jumbos on Wednesday.|
Recap courtesy of Bowdoin College
BRUNSWICK, Maine – With NESCAC Tournament Quarterfinal hosting rights on the line the No. 9 Tufts men's lacrosse team headed up to Brunswick, Maine to take on No. 19 Bowdoin on Wednesday night to wrap up the regular season. The Polar Bears came away with a 19-15 win, and earn the fourth seed in the upcoming conference tournament, dealing the Jumbos the fifth seed.
The 19th-ranked Polar Bears (10-5, 7-3 NESCAC) defeat the Jumbos for the first time since 2009 and secure the fourth seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. Ninth-ranked Tufts loses their fourth consecutive contest and drops to 11-4 (6-4 NESCAC), earning the fifth seed in the conference tournament.
The two teams will play each other again on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament at Bowdoin. Game time will be announced on Thursday.
A high-scoring affair saw the teams combine for a dozen goals in an up-and-down first quarter.
The Jumbos got a pair of early goals from Andrew Seiter to build a 5-3 lead, only to see Jimmy Young spark a 4-0 run to close the period for Bowdoin, giving the hosts a 7-5 advantage after 15 minutes.
Bowdoin scored the first two goals of the second quarter, extending their lead to 9-5, but Tufts ended the half on a 3-1 run, featuring a pair of Michael Mattson goals, to cut the lead to 10-8 at intermission.
Tufts evened the score with consecutive goals from Frank Hattler and Nick Katz to start the second half, knotting the game at 10-10 with 9:06 left in the third quarter. Bowdoin's Brett Kujala took over from there, scoring five goals over the final 23:28 of game time, keying a crucial 5-1 run with a trio of goals that regained the lead for the Polar Bears they would never relinquish.
The Polar Bears carried a 15-12 advantage into the fourth quarter, but Tufts rallied to cut the lead to 16-15 following a Zach Richman goal with 8:16 to play. Kujala answered again for Bowdoin, notching back-to-back goals in a span of 2:23 to push the cushion back to three goals, 18-15, with 5:32 to play.
In addition to his six goals, Kujala also added an assist for Bowdoin in the win while Matthew Crowell had four goals. Tufts was led by three goals and an assist from Mattson while Hattler had two goals and two assists.
Peter Mumford ended with 18 stops for Bowdoin while Tufts got a split effort from Ben Shmerler (eight saves, ten goals against) and Robert Treiber (six saves, nine goals against) in net.
Max Nordeen, James DeSisto and Sam Denious all had two caused turnovers for Bowdoin. Tucker Mathers of Tufts was the top face-off man of the night, winning 15 of 24. Bowdoin owned a 61-47 advantage in shots for the contest while Tufts committed 16 turnovers to just nine for the Polar Bears on the rainy evening in Brunswick.