Bowdoin 15 Tufts 10

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2001
At Medford, Mass.

Bowdoin (4-2, 3-0 NESCAC) 0 3 4 8 = 15
Tufts (4-3, 0-2 NESCAC) 0 1 5 4 = 10

Goals: T, Jon Zissi 5, Dan Kollar 3, Alex Kerwin, Jim Mandler; B, Alex Ellis 4, Simon McKay 4, Josh Allen 2, Hunter Walter 2, Bill Cumby, Bart McMann, Tim Sacks.

Assists: T, Brian Cunningham, Isaac Dole, Jack Palmer, David Supple; B, Wendell Simonson 5, Ellis.

Saves: Tu, Kirk Lutwyler 11; B, P.J. Prest 12.

MEDFORD – Visiting Bowdoin College scored seven unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to post a 15-10 victory at Tufts in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon. The Polar Bears improved to 3-0 in the league and 4-2 overall. The Jumbos dropped their second straight conference contest, falling to 4-3 overall and 0-2 NESCAC.

Twelve total goals were scored in the decisive fourth quarter, which Bowdoin entered with a 7-6 advantage. Tufts took its only lead of the game, 9-8 at 9:30 of the fourth, with three straight goals, including two in a row by senior co-captain Dan Kollar (Middle Island, NY). Bowdoin, the 12th ranked team in the country, then went on its run, scoring seven times in a span of 5:50. Senior co-captain Alex Ellis (Brookline, MA) scored the go-ahead (10-9) goal with 7:14 remaining. During the stretch, junior Simon McKay (Carlisle, MA) had three goals and senior co-captain Wendell Simonson (Brookline, MA) had three of his game-high five assists.

A hard-fought, defensive first half left Bowdoin with a 3-1 lead. They extended it to 7-3 in the third quarter before Tufts closed the frame with three unanswered goals to pull within 7-6. Junior Jon Zissi (Winchester, MA), who scored five of Tufts’ first six goals, had the last two goals of the third at 3:05 and 1:12.

Bowdoin’s victory was its seventh straight against Tufts. Junior P.J. Prest (Potomac, MD) made 11 saves for the win in net. Ellis and McKay finished with four goals apiece. Tufts, which scored its most goals against Bowdoin since 1994, got three goals from Kollar in addition to Zissi’s five. Junior Kirk Lutwyler (Ridgewood, NJ) stopped 11 balls in the Tufts net.