MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University men's lacrosse team defeated Bowdoin, 19-11, in their regular season finale Wednesday night at Bello Field.
|Stockdale had a strong showing defensively for the Jumbos.|
The Jumbos (13-1, 9-1 NESCAC) will enter the NESCAC tournament as one of the top three seeds as they, along with Amherst and Wesleyan, have all finished the season with identical 9-1 records in conference play. The Polar Bears (8-6, 4-6 NESCAC) have also qualified for the tournament, but as one of the bottom two seeds.
On Wednesday, Tufts was led by a few of the usual suspects. Danny Murphy led all scorers with nine points from six goals and three assists, Ben Connelly had four goals and two assists, and Andrew Seiter had four goals and one assist. In total, 11 Jumbos recorded at least one point on the evening. Defenseman Stewart Stockdale had a nice game as he had team-highs in both ground balls with five, and caused turnovers with two. In net, Mason Pollack recorded eight saves.
For Bowdoin, Kendall Rogers had three goals and Shaw Daly had three assists. Jimmy Young and Brett Kujala each had two goals apiece. Nine Polar Bears had at least one point. Sam Carlin dominated the face off circle, winning 20-of-29 and scooping up a game-high 10 ground balls in the process. John Young made 12 saves in goal.
Bowdoin got out to a fast start and took an early lead with goals by Kujala and Young to jump out to a 2-0 advantage. But the Jumbos would end the quarter with three straight scores to take the one goal lead into the second quarter.
The Polar Bears struck first again to even things at three, but the Jumbos would then score eight of the next nine goals of the quarter, highlighted by three from Murphy and two from Seiter, to go into the break up, 11-4.
Things would even out in the second half, but Tufts had built enough of a lead for it to ever get close again. The teams traded goals for the first ten minutes of the third quarter with each side scoring three times. But the frame would end with Connelly putting two in the back of the net and Arend Broekmate adding a third to go into the final quarter with the 17-7 lead.
The Polar Bears outscored the Jumbos in the fourth, 4-2, but it didn't matter. Murphy would add two goals in the frame for good measure and the final whistle blew with Tufts up by eight.
Bowdoin had a large advantage on face offs, winning 22 to Tufts' 12, but they weren't able to turn them into enough goals.
Both teams will turn now their attention to the conference tournament that starts Saturday. Tufts will host a quarterfinal as Bowdoin will travel to one of the top seeds.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern