Polar Bears Clinch Top Seed For NESCAC Championship

Polar Bears Clinch Top Seed For NESCAC Championship

SOMERVILLE, Mass. - The Bowdoin College men's soccer team clinched the top seed for the NESCAC Tournament for just the second time in school history after defeating Tufts, 1-0, on Friday afternoon. The Polar Bears, ranked fifth nationally, finish the regular season with a school-record 10-game winning streak and an 11-1-2 overall record (6-1-2 NESCAC).

Bowdoin, who earned the top seed for the first time since 2002, will host eighth-seeded Bates in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game at Pickard Field on Sunday at noon. Complete information about the NESCAC Tournament is available here.

On Friday, the Polar Bears outshot the Jumbos 14-1 in the first half as Tufts junior keeper Alan Bernstein turned away six of them. With about 31 minutes left in the first, senior Ben Denton-Schneider had his shot glance off the hands of Bernstein, but the follow-up attempt was sent over the crossbar. The Polar Bears had two more good chances in the first half, both off the foot of junior Nick Powell, but Bernstein made one save diving to his left, and another about a minute later by tipping the ball over the crossbar.

The best chance for Tufts to score came less than three minutes into the second frame. Junior Franco Silva was alone at the top of the box, but his shot was wide as he slipped to the turf. Bowdoin took advantage of their next opportunity with 35:39 remaining, as junior Eddie Jones sent a cross into the box that Powell headed home for the goal.

After just a single shot in the first, the Jumbos were able to amass five in the second half, but none of them made it on goal. Bowdoin senior keeper Dan Hicks was not credited with a save in the contest, while Bernstein for Tufts compiled all of his six saves in the first half. The Polar Bears finished the match with a 20-6 shot advantage.