|Date and Time:||04/12/2008, 1:00PM|
MEDFORD, Mass. - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team allowed their highest goal total since 1995, suffering a 19-4 defeat at the hands of Tufts on Saturday. The Jumbos scored nine times in the opening period and improved to 7-4 (4-2 NESCAC) as Bowdoin dropped to 6-4 (2-3).
In a stunningly dominant first period, Tufts scored its nine goals without allowing a Bowdoin shot on goal. Tufts sophomore Mike Droesch won 9 of 10 face offs in the period, Tufts had a 17-6 margin in ground balls and the Jumbos posted a 23-2 advantage for total shots in the first 15 minutes. Senior Mike Cortese and freshman Ryan Molloy both scored twice for Tufts in the period.
Bowdoin stemmed the Jumbo momentum early in the second period with goals by Mike Giordano and Owen Smith to make the score 9-2. However, the Jumbos would score three of the next four goals, including two by junior Clem McNally, and led 12-3 at intermission.
A 4-0 third period put the Jumbo lead at 16-3 and both teams emptied their benches for most of the fourth quarter. McNally finished with a game-high five goals for Tufts. Senior Connor Ginsberg also had a five-point game with two goals and three assists. Bowdoin, which was out-shot 59-27 overall, was led by a pair of goals from Giordano. Senior goalie Alex Gluck came on in relief and made 14 saves in 37:48 of play. The Polar Bears took seven penalties, on which Tufts scored three man-up goals, including two in the first period.
The 19 goals were the most scored by Tufts since a 19-8 win over Endicott on March 22, 2003. Bowdoin had not allowed that many goals since Middlebury scored 19 in 1995 against the Polar Bears.