Tuesday, April 5, 2005

STARR IS RISING AS NESCAC, ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK RECIPIENT

MEDFORD Senior Andy Starr (Weston, MA/Weston) has emerged as the starting goaltender on the third-ranked Tufts University Men's Lacrosse team. He earned that position after a sensational week back-stopping the Jumbos to two New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) wins, earning him the conference's and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Division III Player of the Week award.

In victories over Amherst on Wednesday (Mar. 30) and Trinity on Saturday (Apr. 2) by identical 9-2 scores, Starr posted a 2.00 goals against average and a .840 save percentage, remarkable numbers in lacrosse. Though the sturdy Tufts defense is as much a reason for this defensive effectiveness, Starr has been quick with his stick and is elusive on clears.

Starr and his mates on defense held #13 Amherst scoreless for 49 minutes before allowing a goal with 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. He finished with 15 saves on 17 shots on net for a .882 save percentage in the game. The two goals allowed to a NESCAC team were the fewest by the Jumbos since 1976. Then they matched it against Trinity, a game in which Starr was challenged less but was still solid stopping six of the eight shots fired on net.

A transfer from Syracuse University, Starr was the back-up to Luke Chicco (Merrick, NY/Calhoun) at Tufts last season. He earned the promotion over Chicco this spring and currently leads NESCAC with a 2.67 goals against average and .769 save percentage overall. He's allowed just nine goals in 202 minutes and has stopped 30 of 39 shots at him. Tufts is the #1 defensive team in NESCAC allowing 4.00 goals per game.

Starr was a member of the 2002 NCAA Division I National Championship team at Syracuse, though he did not play. In Fall 2003 he transferred to Tufts, from which several members of his family have graduated. He played just 19 minutes last spring, recording a 9.47 goals against average and .667 save percentage.

Tufts is 5-0 overall and 2-0 in NESCAC under Coach Mike Daly. They are #3 in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association national poll. They travel to play NESCAC foe Bowdoin on Wednesday.

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