|BRUNSWICK, Me. -- Tufts University's Clem McNally (Farhills, NJ) scored a game-high four goals as the Jumbos men's lacrosse team survived at Bowdoin on Saturday, 9-7. The Jumbos, ranked sixth in the nation, improve to 9-1 (5-0 NESCAC). Bowdoin drops to 5-5 (2-3). Coupled with losses by Middlebury and Williams, Tufts now has a two-game advantage atop the conference standings.|
The teams traded blows in a low-scoring opening half, as Tufts held a 2-1 lead after the first period. McNally pushed the lead to 3-1 in the second quarter before Bowdoin's Kevin Mullins scored late in the stanza to cut the lead to 3-2 at intermission.
Consecutive goals by Alex Weaver midway through the third quarter closed the gap completely, knotting the game at 4-4 with 7:24 left in the period. But Tufts outscored Bowdoin 3-0 in a seven-minute span late in the third and early in the fourth quarter to push their advantage to 7-4. Jordan Yarboro (Herndon, VA), McNally and Chase Bibby (Marblehead, MA) netted the goals. However, Bowdoin refused to go away, scoring twice in under a minute late in the fourth quarter from Weaver and Max Key to cut the lead to 8-7, but a late tally by Tufts' Mark Warner (Wading River, NY) sealed the contest with 3:44 remaining.
Bowdoin outshot Tufts 38-30 and held a 11-9 edge in face-offs for the game. Both goaltenders were exceptional, as Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD) stopped 16 for Tufts and Charlie Legg 15 for Bowdoin. Weaver led the hosts with three goals, while Matt Chadwick earned three assists. Connor Ginsburg (New Haven, CT) had two assists in support of McNally's four tallies for Tufts.