|Zack Waldman was one of 11 Jumbos honored on Seniors Day
MEDFORD - Eleven different players scored goals as the #7 Tufts men's lacrosse team wrapped up its regular season with an 18-11 victory over Bowdoin on Wednesday night at Bello Field. Junior Chris Schoenhut netted five goals to lead the hosts.
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.
Reis stopped the Tufts streak with a goal at 7:44 of the second, but the Jumbos would add a goal by Greg Jenkins with 1:14 remaining until halftime for a 10-3 margin at the break. For Jenkins, one of 11 Jumbo seniors honored before the game, it was his first goal since freshman season.
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. They 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 mainly had its reserves on the field at the time and didn't waver. They were rewarded by scores from Ryan Le, Charlie Rubin and Ben Andreycak to build the lead back to 18-10 with 2:20 left and lock down the victory.
Bowdoin out-shot Tufts in the game 50-40, but Jumbo senior Patton Watkins continued his strong play with 16 saves. Sophomore Blake Wood was the top Tufts defender with four caused turnovers. Senior Kane Delaney scooped up four groundballs. Uppgren added two goals and two assists in the game while junior Peter Gill finished with two goals and an assist.
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.