BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Tufts University men's lacrosse team secured the top seed for the NESCAC Tournament with a 13-7 victory over Bowdoin on Wednesday evening at Whittier Field.
The fourth-ranked Jumbos (14-1, 9-1) prevailed despite the best efforts of Bowdoin (6-9, 2-8 NESCAC) netminder Michael Covell, who made 25 saves – the most by a Polar Bear goaltender since 1998.
- Bowdoin scored the first goal of the game, courtesy of Zach Chandler, but Tufts answered with a 4-1 run to end the opening quarter, capped by a pair of Ben Connelly goals to take a 4-2 edge after 15 minutes of play.
- Danny Murphy and James Gilbert pushed the Tufts lead to 6-2 early in the second quarter before Bowdoin's Nick Iznaga trimmed the lead to 6-3 at intermission.
- Tufts looked to put the game away with a pair of goals to open the third period, but Bowdoin was able to get tallies from Chandler and Jimmy Young with six minutes remaining in the frame to cut the lead to just three goals, 8-5.
- The Polar Bears had a number of chances to cut further into the Tufts lead, but couldn't convert.
- Tufts sealed the win with goals from Ben Connelly and Nick Shanks to open the final stanza and Bowdoin could get no closer than four goals for the remainder.
By The Numbers
- Ben Connelly powered the Jumbos offense with six goals. Danny Murphy had a goal and three assists.
- Bowdoin was led by two goals apiece from Zach Chandler and Jimmy Young. Sam Carlin won 11 of 19 faceoffs for Bowdoin.
- Michael Covell kept the Polar Bears in contention, stopping a career-high 25 shots for Bowdoin and posting the highest save total by a Bowdoin netminder since Will Casella stopped 32 shots against Middlebury in 1998.
- Mason Pollack made 11 saves in goal for Tufts.