NESCAC Playoffs First Round
Bowdoin 11    Tufts 6

at Brunswick, Maine
Tuesday, May 1, 2001

Tufts (7-8)   1   1   1   3   =   6
Bowdoin (9-4)   2   2   1   6   =   11

GOALS: T, Dan Kollar 2, Jon Zissi 2, Jack Palmer, David Supple; B, Alex Ellis 3, Sam Margolis 2, Hunter Walter, Josh Allen, Jeff Neill, Simon McKay, Dave Rush, Bill Cumby.

ASSISTS: T, Supple, Brian Hwang, Brian Cunningham, Alex Kerwin; B, Wendell Simonson 3, Walter 2, Neill, Allen, Kit Hughes.

SAVES: T, Kirk Lutwyler 14; B, P.J. Prest 15.

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Eight different Bowdoin players scored at least one goal - including three from senior Alex Ellis (Brookline, Mass.) - as the Polar Bears exploded for six goals in the fourth quarter to take an 11-6 victory over Tufts in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament action on Tuesday afternoon. With the victory, Bowdoin (9-4) advances to the semifinals against an opponent to be determined at Middlebury on Saturday at 3:00pm. Tufts finishes its season with a 7-8 mark.

The two teams traded goals to start the game before Bowdoin netted three straight, capped off by a Sam Margolis (Cornwall, Vt.) goal with 10:15 left in the second period. Jack Palmer (Vestal, N.Y.) scored with 6:27 left in the second to cut the Polar Bear lead to 4-2 and that would be the score heading into halftime.

After playing back-and-forth lacrosse for much of the third, junior Simon McKay (Carlisle, Mass.) converted off a feed from senior Wendall Simonson (Brookline, Mass.) - one of Simonson's three helpers on the afternoon - to push the Bowdoin lead to 5-2, but senior Dan Kollar (Middle Island, N.Y.) answered with his second goal of the game for the Jumbos to cut the lead back to two at 5-3.

The Polar Bears struck for three goals in the first 4:24 of the final stanza to balloon the lead to 8-3 and another three-goal binge midway through the period pushed the margin to 11-4 with 2:30 remaining. Tufts' Jon Zissi (Winchester, Mass.) netted a pair of goals in the final minute of play for the 11-6 final.

P.J. Prest (Potomac, Md.) made 15 saves in the win while Kirk Lutwyler (Ridgewood, N.J.) made 14 stops for Tufts in the losing effort.