|BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team played outstanding defense to stay unbeaten in NESCAC play, defeating third-ranked Tufts on Wednesday, 8-5. The Polar Bears, who are unranked in the latest national poll, improve to 6-2 on the season (3-0 NESCAC), while the Jumbos (5-1, 2-1) fall for the first time this season.|
After an evenly-played first half saw the Jumbos hold a 4-3 lead at intermission, a four-goal second-half spurt put the Polar Bears on top for good. Ryan Hurd scored back-to-back goals at 12:28 and 3:37 of the third frame to give the Polar Bears a 5-4 edge after 45 minutes.
Andy Nelson scored to open the fourth quarter at 12:12, and Chris Eaton gave Bowdoin a 7-4 lead just over a minute later. Devin Clarke scored Tufts' only second-half goal with 10:39 to go, cutting the Polar Bear lead to 7-5. But the Bowdoin defense, behind goalkeeper Charlie Legg, stopped the Jumbos from getting any closer and Ford Barker clinched the victory with 31 seconds to go, taking a feed from Phil Stern and finding the back of the net to make it an 8-5 final.
Five different Jumbos scored, led by Mark Warner's one goal and two assists. Clarke, Billy Granger, Mike O'Brien and Mike Cortese were also credited with goals for Tufts. Bowdoin got two goals apiece from Hurd and Barker, while Connor Fitzgerald tallied a goal and two assists. Stern, Nelson and Eaton scored the other Polar Bear tallies.
Legg finished the contest with 12 saves for Bowdoin, while Andy Starr made 14 stops for the Jumbos.