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Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Clem McNally scored six second-half goals that helped Tufts earn wins over nationally ranked teams last week

MEDFORD -- Inside Lacrosse, the leading website in lacrosse coverage, has selected Tufts University sophomore Clem McNally (Farhills, NJ/St. George's) as its Nike Division III Men's Player of the Week for games from March 19-25.

McNally scored six goals with an assist in two games for the the Jumbos, who ranked at No. 7 in this week's Inside Lacrosse (IL) national poll. All six of the goals were scored in the second half as Tufts came from behind in both games.

Head coach Mike Daly's team scored what IL deemed the biggest upset of the DIII season so far, knocking off second-ranked Wesleyan in impressive fashion on Saturday, 9-6. Tufts was behind 4-2 at the half. McNally, who leads Tufts with 11 goals on the season, came up big when the Jumbos needed it most, tallying a hat trick in the second half, including the goal that would put the team ahead for good at 9:11 in the third quarter, his second straight goal. He lead the Jumbos with seven shots and had an assist. With the win, Tufts snapped a four-game losing streak against the Cardinals while improving to 4-0 on the season.

Also last week, Tufts traveled to Virginia and defeated No. 17 Roanoke, 13-12, on Tuesday. McNally scored three goals, all in the second half when the Jumbos overcame a 9-5 deficit. He scored twice during a four-goal Jumbo run that tied the game at 9-9 in the third quarter.

McNally is the second Jumbo to be recognized following the team's impressive week. Sophomore goalie Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD/Landon) was chosen as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Co-Player of the Week. Inside Lacrosse honored Harrigan as its Division III Player of the Week early last season.

McNally led the Jumbos with 21 goals last season despite not playing a regular role until halfway through the season. He was named NESCAC Player of the Week on April 24 of last year after scoring eight goals in Tufts wins over #17 Western New England and against #13 Bates.