Tufts vs. Bowdoin
April 30, 2010
The Game Story:
MEDFORD -- In a back-and-forth bout that saw seven ties in the second half, Tufts University sophomore Kevin McCormick (Laytonsville, MD) scored 33 seconds into overtime to give the #7 Jumbo men's lacrosse team a scintillating 14-13 victory against Bowdoin College in the last game of the 2010 regular-season on Friday night under the lights at Bello Field.

Bowdoin's Owen Smith (Brunswick, ME) had scored with 58 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 13 apiece. Tufts sophomore Nick Rhoads (McLean, VA) won the overtime face-off, and soon McCormick was darting towards the right post and scoring the game-winning goal that gave Tufts its most regular-season wins in program history.

The Jumbos head into the post-season at 13-1 overall. They earned the #2 seed in the NESCAC Tournament with an 8-1 record and host Williams College in the first round on Sunday at 1:00. Bowdoin (8-6, 5-4 NESCAC) also secured a home game on Sunday and will play Colby at 1:00.

On Seniors Night at Tufts, it was Bowdoin senior Adam Tracy (Providence, RI) who stole the show early with four goals in the opening 13 minutes to give the visitors a 4-0 lead. Tufts started to make its way back on a goal by sophomore Sean Kirwan (Boonton Township, NJ) at 1:30 of the first quarter. That started a stretch when Tufts scored six of the next seven goals to take a 6-5 lead on junior Ryan Molloy's (Setauket, NY) tally at 7:52 of the second. The Jumbos had six different goal-scorers during the comeback.

However, Bowdoin regained the lead by halftime, 7-6, on goals by freshman Billy Bergner (Fairfield, CT) and sophomore Matthew Egan (Newton, MA).

Into the second half, the teams traded goals three times. Bowdoin's Russell HallIday (Sudbury, MA) scored twice and the Polar Bears led 10-9 at 14:48 of the fourth. The Jumbos scored the next two, including Molly's man-up goal at 12:43 for an 11-10 advantage, and the hosts would not trail again. Bowdoin tied the score at 11-11 and 12-12, but Tufts had answers both times. Junior Matt Witko (Chappaqua, NY) put the Jumbos up 13-12 at 1:42, leading to the dramatic conclusion.

Molloy's three goals led Tufts, while Witko, McCormick, and Kirwan scored two apiece. The Jumbos won the ground ball battle decisively at 43-28, led defensively by four each from senior tri-captain Eytan Saperstein (Hewlett, NY) and senior Evan Crosby (Yarmouthport, MA). Rhoads won 16 of 29 face-offs for Tufts, and sophomore Steven Foglietta (Oceanside, NY) stopped eight shots in goal. Tufts tallied twice on man-up situations.

Tracy's five goals were the game's high, while Halliday and Smith each netted three. Junior Ben Chadwick (Needham, MA) finished with three assists for Bowdoin. Sophomore Christopher Williamson (Winnetka, IL) was great in goal, with four saves in each quarter for 16 total. Tracy also led the Bears with four ground balls, while freshman Brian Durkin (Manchester, MA) won nine face-offs.