Tufts Takes Men's Lacrosse Regular Season Finale Over Bowdoin
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Tufts University men's lacrosse team scored a season-high in goals and secured the third seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament with a 21-8 win over Bowdoin on Wednesday evening.
The ninth-ranked Jumbos finish their regular season with a record of 11-4 (7-3 NESCAC) and will host sixth-seeded Bates in a quarterfinal game on Saturday. The Polar Bears finish 8-6 (5-5 NESCAC) and secure the league's fifth seed, earning a trip to fourth-seeded Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon in the opening round. Both games are slated for 1:00 p.m. starts.
On Wednesday, Tufts was propelled by a five-goal effort from Beau Wood while John Uppgren and Peter Bowers each added three goals. Cole Bailey scored once and dished out four assists for the visitors. Franklin Reis had three goals and an assist for Bowdoin, who also got a pair of scores from Dan Hanley and three assists from Billy Bergner.
The Jumbos jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 1:06 into the contest and, after a goal by Reis trimmed the lead to 2-1 at 10:45 of the opening period, rolled off eight consecutive scores to take a commanding 10-1 lead midway through the second quarter. Wood scored twice in the run and Bailey dished out three assists to spark the outburst. Bowdoin got late goals from Reis and Hanley to cut the lead to 10-3 at the break.
Tufts put the game out of reach with three man-up goals in the third quarter, leading 16-5 heading into the fourth quarter and extending the final margin to 13 goals with a pair of late scores.
Patton Watkins topped 17 shots for Tufts before giving way to Brian Droesch, who stopped one shot in the closing three minutes. Christopher Williamson made nine saves before Matthew Netto came in for the final three minutes of action for Bowdoin.
Tufts' quarterfinal match-up against Bates will be a rematch of a game played last week in Medford, won by the Jumbos 14-7. The Polar Bears will travel to battle Wesleyan for the second time in a span of two weeks on Saturday. Bowdoin edged the Cardinals 6-5 in overtime on April 13 in game played in Brunswick.