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Monday, May 10, 2010


MEDFORD -- Senior tri-captain and defenseman Eytan Saperstein (Hewlett, NY) has been selected as the New England Small College Athletic Conference's (NESCAC) Player of the Week after the Tufts University men's lacrosse team won its first conference title over the weekend at Bello Field.

Saperstein sets the tone for a Tufts defense that is the backbone of the team's success both over the weekend and throughout the entire 2010 season. In the 11-10 victory over Wesleyan in the NESCAC semi-finals on Saturday, Saperstein led the Jumbos with five ground balls. With Tufts clinging to a one-goal lead in the final minute and Wesleyan in possession of the ball, Saperstein had a ground ball that led to a Tufts clear that ran out the clock. In the 13-12 championship game win against Middlebury on Sunday, Saperstein's eight ground balls were the most among non-face-off men in the game.

This is the third NESCAC Player of the Week awarded to the Jumbos this spring. Junior D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD) was named on March 22, and sophomore goalie Steven Foglietta (Oceanside, NY) was selected on April 12.

For the season Saperstein leads Tufts defenders with 79 ground balls, which is fourth individually in the conference. The Jumbos are first in NESCAC as a team with 668 ground balls overall. Saperstein has also scored a goal with two assists.

Tufts will host an NCAA Championship second-round game against either Montclair State or Endicott on Saturday (May 15) at 2 pm.