Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Press
Monday, April 24, 2006
McNALLY EARNES NESCAC MEN'S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MEDFORD -- Needing to regroup after two straight losses, and three
defeats in four games, the Tufts University men's lacrosse team did
so in a big way last week with victories on the road against nationally
ranked opponents Western New England College and Bates College.
catalyst was a freshman who had scored two goals in 10 games entering the week.
With the Jumbos struggling offensively, Clem McNally (Far Hills, NJ/St.
George's) earned the first two starts of his career last week. He made
them noteworthy by scoring eight goals in Tufts wins over #17 Western New
England, 11-10, and against #13 Bates, 8-7 in double overtime. McNally was named
the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week,
the first for Tufts this season.
McNally tied for the team high with three goals at Western New England on
Tuesday (Apr. 18). He led the Jumbos with 12 shots. His first goal was the
first of the game, the next tied the score at 4-4 and the third pulled Tufts
within 9-8 after they had fallen behind 9-5. The Jumbos won on a goal by junior
Brett Holm (Longmeadow, MA/Longmeadow) with just 10 seconds left in the
McNally scored five goals, including the game-winner with 2:40 left in the second
overtime, to lead Tufts to a critical conference victory at Bates on Saturday.
Of the five goals, which he scored on seven shots, he scored the first two Tufts
goals, including the game's first goal again. His third goal tied the score at
5-5. He also scored the goal that tied the game at 7-7 with 4:06 remaining in
the third period. After a scoreless fourth quarter and first OT period, he
scored the winner off an assist from Holm.
An All-League selection at St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island last
year, McNally multiplied his season's goal total five times from two to 10
last week. He also has an assist for 11 points total in 10 games played. He did
not play in three games earlier this season.
Tufts improved to 9-4 overall and 4-3 in NESCAC. They are in contention for a home
field berth into the conference tournament that starts on Sunday (Apr. 30). They
have home league games this week against Wesleyan on Wednesday and Connecticut
College on Saturday.