April 23, 2014

Men's Lacrosse Falls to Tufts in Regular Season Finale

MEDFORD - Eleven different players scored goals as the seventh-ranked Tufts men's lacrosse team defeated Bowdoin 18-11 on the final day of the regular season Wednesday evening.

The Jumbos (13-2) finished their NESCAC season at 9-1 and earned the #1 seed in the conference tournament which starts on Saturday. Tufts will host #8 seed Colby in a quarterfinal starting at 1 pm. Bowdoin, led by five goals with one assist for a game-high six points from senior Franklin Reis tonight, gets the #6 seed in the NESCAC Championship after a 6-4 finish. The Polar Bears (9-6) will travel to three-seed Amherst for a 1 pm quarterfinal on Saturday.

Visiting Bowdoin led Tufts early tonight, 2-1, after a man-up goal by Conor O'Toole at 11:42 of the first period. The Polar Bears would go on to score four man-up goals in the game. However, the Bowdoin lead was short-lived as Tufts scored the next eight goals to lead 9-2 halfway through the second quarter. Sophomore John Uppgren had two goals with an assist during the run and Schoenhut scored twice as the Jumbos led 10-4 at halftime.

The Jumbos scored three of the first four goals in the third quarter to go up 13-4 on a Schoenhut from Uppgren tally at 3:46. The teams traded goals in the final 72 seconds of the stanza - Peter Reuter for Bowdoin and Beau Wood for Tufts - making it 14-5 after three. The Polar Bears would threaten to get back into the game early in the fourth. Bowdoin scored five straight goals, including three in a row by Reis and a goal with two assists from Reuter. Dan Hanley's goal at the four-minute mark pulled the Polar Bears within 15-10. Tufts bounced back, however, and pushed the lead back to 18-10 with 2:20 left.

Bowdoin out-shot Tufts in the game 50-40, but Jumbo senior Patton Watkins made 16 saves. Senior Will Wise finished with four assists for Bowdoin, while Reuter tallied two goals with three assists for five points. Senior Ben Brewster was credited with three caused turnovers and six groundballs. Reis added seven groundballs to his strong offensive game. Junior Connor Laughlin made six saves in goal.

Face-offs and groundballs were virtually even in the game, with Bowdoin winning 17 of 33 at the X and earning a 37-36 advantage on groundballs.

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