April 25, 2012

Bailey's Seven Points Sparks Tufts Over Bowdoin

from press release

 - Freshman Cole Bailey (Millersville, MD) scored four goals with three assists as the #5 Tufts men's lacrosse team finished its regular-season with a 15-7 NESCAC victory over #13 Bowdoin on Wednesday night at Bello Field.

Tufts, which enters the post-season with a 13-2 overall record, finished first in NESCAC with a 9-1 record. The Jumbos will host eight-seed Amherst in the conference quarterfinals on Saturday at Bello beginning at 1 pm. Tufts has won eight straight overall and now has a 29-game winning streak at home.

Bowdoin (11-4, 6-4 NESCAC) earned the third seed in NESCAC and will face #6 Wesleyan in Saturday's quarterfinals. The Polar Bears were led on Wednesday night by three goals and an assist from senior tri-captain Keegan Mehlhorn (North Berwick, ME).

A goal by Mehlhorn gave Bowdoin its only lead at 1-0 four minutes into the action. The Jumbos netted seven of the next eight and led 7-2 on a goal by sophomore Beau Wood (Sherwood Forest, MD) assisted by Bailey at the 12:02 mark of the second quarter.

Tufts would score seven times in the second quarter and lead 11-5 at intermission. Bailey had six of his seven points in the first 30 minutes with three goals and three assists. Senior co-captains Kevin McCormick (Laytonsville, MD) and Sean Kirwan (Boonton Township, NJ) along with sophomore Peter Bowers (Contestoga, PA) all had a pair of goals in the first half for Tufts.

Mehlhorn recorded all four of his points in the first half for Bowdoin with three goals and an assist on an man-up tally by sophomore Franklin Reis (Hampton Falls, NH).

The offensive output slowed considerably in the second half as the teams traded goals in the third quarter for a 12-6 Tufts advantage. The Jumbos pushed the lead to 14-6 one minute into the fourth on the third goal by Kirwan, who was one of 10 Tufts players recognized before the game on Seniors Night.

The Jumbos finished with a commanding 50-29 advantage in shots, and had a 47-37 margin for groundballs. Both teams were sloppy, combining for 58 turnovers including 34 committed by the Polar Bears.

Junior defenseman Sam Gardner (Chelmsford, MA) led Tufts with three caused turnovers. He and defensive mates Matt Callahan (Acton, MA), John Heard (Greenwich, CT) and Dan Alles (Rockville Centre, NY) all had three groundballs. Junior Tyler Page (San Francisco, CA) started in goal for Tufts and made eight saves for the victory.

Junior Billy Bergner (Fairfield, CT) had a goal and two assists for Bowdoin. Sophomore Dylan Hannes (Bethesda, MD), junior Sether Hanson (Lake Oswego, OR) and senior Matthew Egan (Newton, MA) all finished with two caused turnovers and two groundballs apiece. Chris Williamson (Winnetka, IL) made 16 stops in the Bowdoin cage.

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