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Tuesday, May 15, 2007


MEDFORD -- The Tufts University men's lacrosse team recently completed its finest season and the post-season honors are rolling in. Four Jumbos were selected to the recently announced New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) 2007 All-New England Teams. Senior midfielder Chris Connelly (Wilton, CT/Wilton) and senior defender Wiley Dornseif (Littleton, CO/Phillips Exeter) are on the First Team. Senior tri-captain Mark Warner (Wading River, NY/Shoreham-Wading River) on attack and sophomore long-stick middie Jordan Yarboro (Herndon, VA/Potomac School) are on the Second Team.

Senior midfielder Chris Connelly was voted to the All-New England First Team by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association

Connelly scored 20 goals and added 14 assists for a 34-point season. He was one of the team's top weapons on man-up situations, scoring three man-up goals in a win over Trinity on March 31. Connelly had a five-point game in the team's big win at Roanoke on March 20, taking 10 shots in that game and scoring twice with three assists. He had three goals and four ground balls at Williams on April 16. Dornseif was the main man on defense for Tufts, which posted an 8.12 goals against average. He scooped up 75 ground balls and was effective at taking the ball away from opponents. This is the third straight year that the NEILA has recognized Dornseif's play, establishing him as one of the top defenders in the region and in the country.

Warner was the leading scorer for the Jumbos, compiling career-high numbers with 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 points. He had six man-up goals and four game-winning goals for the Jumbos. His 95 career assists are second all-time at Tufts, including assists on 17 of leading scorer Clem McNally's (Farhills, NJ/St. George's) 40 goals this spring. Yarboro was deemed the second-best LSM in the region behind Springfield's Chris Sharpe. With 52 ground balls, six goals and an aggressive style of play, he was a microcosm of the team's hard-working style. He had a goal and eight ground balls at Connecticut College on March 28.

Tufts tied the school record with its 13 wins this season, including eight during the NESCAC schedule to win their first regular-season title. NESCAC Coach of the Year Mike Daly's team earned its first NCAA Tournament berth and won its first-round game against Endicott, 9-8.