Tufts 11 Babson 9

Tuesday, March 28, 2000
at Medford, MA

Babson (1-3) 2 2 4 1 = 9
Tufts (4-0) 5 3 0 3 = 11

Goals: B, Scott Hoffman 2, Chris Doyle 2, Chris Darmon 2, Devin Collins, Jason Pacor, Mike Welch; T, Jon Zissi 4, Dan Kollar 2, Jim Mandler 2, Greg Molinelli, Matt Adler, Alex Kerwin.

Assists: B, Collins, James Flavin, Hoffman, Doyle, Darmon; T, Adler 2, Zissi 2, Brian Cunningham, Jack Palmer, Kollar.

Saves: B, Paul DeFina 12; T, Kirk Lutwyler 10.

MEDFORD -- The host Tufts Jumbos scored three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to break an 8-8 tie and post an 11-9 victory over Babson College in New England men's college lacrosse action on Tuesday afternoon.

Tufts sophomore Jon Zissi (Winchester, MA), a transfer from Babson, scored two of his game-high four goals during the decisive stretch. The visiting Beavers closed to 11-9 on senior Scott Hoffman's (Wellesley, MA) second goal with 1:13 remaining, but they could not captitalize on their next attack and Tufts earned its first win over Babson since 1996.

It didn't come easily. The Jumbos led 8-4 at the half as Zissi and junior Dan Kollar (Middle Island, NY) each scored twice. The visiting Beavers stormed back with four third-period goals to produce an 8-8 tie on junior Chris Darmon's goal at 8:11 of the third. In the fourth, Jumbo sophomore Jim Mandler (Smithtown, NY) gave the hosts the lead for good at 9:57. Zissi followed with goals at 7:52 and 1:44.

Tufts sophomore goalkeeper Kirk Lutwyler (Ridgewood, NJ) finished with 10 saves and was steady in the pressure-paced fourth. Babson freshman Paul DeFina (Wayland, MA) also played well, stopping 12 shots.

The Jumbos move to 4-0 for the first time since 1994. They travel to play the Gordon College Fighting Scots on Thursday (Mar. 30).