BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Tufts University men's lacrosse team used a dominant third quarter to pull ahead and held off a late Bowdoin rally to earn a 12-11 victory in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Pickard Field.
The fifth-seeded Jumbos snap a four-game losing streak and improve to 12-4 while fourth-seeded Bowdoin ends its season with a record of 10-6.
- After playing a high-scoring affair that saw 34 combined goals on Wednesday evening in the regular season finale between the squads, Saturday's contest looked to be more of the same in the first quarter.
- Tufts took a 5-3 lead thanks to goals from five different scorers, including tallies from Ben Connelly and Frank Hattler in the final 28 seconds of the period.
- Bowdoin controlled the second quarter, however, as the Polar Bears scored four times in a span of 3:58, taking the lead on a Nick Conway goal and adding a Matthew Crowell marker to take a 7-5 lead at intermission.
- After Brett Kujala scored to open the third quarter, Tufts controlled the remainder of the frame as Michael Mattson scored twice in a 5-0 surge to give the Jumbos a 10-8 advantage.
- Faceoff man Henry Hollen was huge in the run, winning all six faceoffs in the third quarter to key the Tufts attack.
- The Jumbos pushed their lead to three goals, 12-9, on a Zach Richman goal with 8:50 to play, but Bowdoin answered with scores from Daniel Buckman and Matthew Crowell just 26 seconds apart to cut the lead to 12-11 with 3:22 remaining.
- Bowdoin had the opportunity to tie the game with under 30 seconds remaining, but a shot with 15 seconds left sailed high an an ensuing turnover spoiled all chances of a comeback.
By The Numbers
- In a contest that saw the teams dead-even in saves (13-13), and almost tied in shots (40-39 Bowdoin) and Turnovers (21-20 Bowdoin), faceoff man Henry Hollen was the difference, winning 19 of 26 on the X for the visitors.
- Michael Mattson, Frank Hattler and Zach Richman had three goals apiece for Tufts while Ben Connelly had two goals and two assists.
- Bowdoin was paced by three goals from Brett Kujala and two each from Matthew Crowell and Daniel Buckman.
- Ben Shmerler made six saves in the opening half for Tufts before giving way to Robert Treiber in the second half, who made seven stops.
- Bowdoin's Peter Mumford stopped 13 shots and caused three turnovers in the game.
- Tufts advances to the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament next weekend where they will face Wesleyan at Bates.