ECAC New England Playoff Quarterfinal
Eastern Connecticut 21    Tufts 6

at Willimantic, Conn.
Wednesday, May 10, 2000

Tufts (9-6) 3 1 0 2 = 6
Eastern Connecticut (15-2) 6 7 3 5 = 21

Goals: T, Jon Zissi 3, Dan Kollar, Dan Kramer, Matt Adler; E, Eddie Sheehan 4, Loic Williamson 3, Thierry Francois 3, Jeff Reinhart 2, John Rubano 2, Bill McGovern 2, Michael Grabski 2, Pat Ammendolia, Shannon Sligo, Kyler Brown.

Assists: T, Greg Molinelli 2, David Supple, Brian Cunningham; E, Rubano 4, McGovern 3, Francois 2, Reinhart, Sheehan, Kevin Ireland.

Saves: T, Kirk Lutwyler 11; E, Ryan Reitano 11, Mark Hayes 2.

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Ten players scored at least one goal as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team advanced in the ECAC New England Division III Tournament with a 21-6 first-round rout of Tufts University Wednesday.

The win is the first ECAC tournament one for Eastern (15-2), seeded third in the eight-team field. The Warriors face second-seeded and defending tournament champion Williams College (10-4) Saturday in the tournament semi-finals at noon at Wesleyan University. Fifth seed Wesleyan (11-4) faces top-ranked Bowdoin (13-2) in the other semi-fina round match at 2:30. The final is scheduled for Sunday at 1 pm. Tufts' best season in six years, including their first post-season appearance since 1995, ended with a 9-6 record.

The Warriors jumped to a 5-1 lead midway through the first period and were never threatened, pushing the lead to 13-4 by the half. Senior attack Eddie Sheehan led the way with four goals and an assist, two of his goals coming in the first period. Senior Thierry Francois contributed three goals and two assists, junior Loic Williamson three goals, senior John Rubano two goals and four assists and senior Bill McGovern two goals and three assists. Sophomore Jon Zissi (Winchester, MA) had three goals for Tufts, while senior Greg Molinelli (Northport, NY) had two assists.

Eastern senior goalie Ryan Reitano was credited with 10 saves in net to earn his 38th career win in 43 decisions. Sophomore Kirk Lutwyler (Ridgewood, NJ) made 11 saves in the Tufts net. Ranked 15th nationally, Eastern set a program record for wins in capturing its 17th straight home victory. Tufts was seeded sixth in the tournament.