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Wednesday, May 9, 2007


MEDFORD -- Eight members of the Tufts University men's lacrosse team have received NESCAC honors that were announced today by the conference office. Four players earned All-Conference First Team honors, three were named to the Second Team, and head coach Mike Daly was voted as Coach of the Year for the second time.

Tufts won the NESCAC regular-season title with an 8-1 record and hosted the conference tournament semi-finals and championship game. Despite losing in the semi-final round, Tufts earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. The Jumbos (12-3) host Endicott College tonight in a first-round game.

All-NESCAC First Team selections for Tufts were senior attack Mark Warner (Wading River, NY/Shoreham-Wading River), sophomore long-stick middie Jordan Yarboro (Herdon, VA/Potomac School), senior defender Wiley Dornseif (Littleton, CO/Phillips Exeter) and sophomore goalie Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD/Landon School). The four Jumbo First Teamers represent the most in the league. Sophomore goal-scorer Clem McNally (Farhills, NJ/St. George's) is joined on the Second Team by defenders Alex Bezdek (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) and Tucker Merrigan (Greenfield, MA/Loomis-Chaffee). The seven total All-Conference picks for Tufts are two more than the next best in the league, which is five for Middlebury.

Warner is the league's third-leading scorer, averaging better than three points a game with his 19 goals and 27 assists for 46 points in 15 games. He had 11-16-27 numbers in nine NESCAC games, including a five-point game during a crucial win at Amherst in the last week of the season. Yarboro is regarded as the best long-stick middie in the league for his tenacity on defense, along with the skill to contribute offensively (five goals, one assist this spring). Dornseif, a three-year starter for Tufts, is a leader of a Tufts defense that has allowed less than eight goals per game and has been most stingy in close games. This is the second straight season that he has been voted to All-NESCAC First Team. Harrigan was often outstanding as the last line of defense and leads NESCAC with 191 saves. His overall numbers of a 7.87 goals against average and .616 save percentage include the even better in-league statistics of a 7.24 goals against average and .633 save percentage.

McNally is the league's top goal scorer with 36, including 22 in league games. He netted four goals against league opponents Bowdoin and Colby. Bezdek, a senior, and Merrigan, a junior, join Dornseif to form an All-NESCAC back line of defenders for Tufts. Overall, three of the six defenders chosen All-NESCAC in 2007 played for Tufts.

Daly, in his ninth season with the team, has had the Jumbos knocking on the door for first place or a conference tournament championship, along with an NCAA Tournament berth, for years. This was the year, and he guided a hard-working Jumbo squad that won 10 games by three or few goals. He was also the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2004 when Tufts advanced to the conference tournament championship game.