JUMBOS TOPPLE AMHERST, NOW 3-3 IN NESCAC

COLLEGE MEN'S LACROSSE FINAL SCORE
Tufts 10    Amherst 9

Amherst (5-4, 2-4 NESCAC)   5   2   0   2   =   9
Tufts (7-4, 3-3 NESCAC)   2   1   3   4   =   10

SCORING: A, Edelson 3, Condlin 2, Gibson 2, Nogi 2; T, Jon Zissi 3, Dan Kollar 2, Jack Palmer 2, David Supple 2, Issac Dole.

ASSISTS: A, Edelson 2, Allison 1, Greig 1; T, Zissi 3, Kollar 2, Palmer 2.

SAVES: A, Corey Simonson, 14; T, Kirk Lutwyler, 14.

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College jumped out to a 7-3 halftime lead but couldn't hold off a surging Tufts University offense in the second half, as the Jumbos came from behind for a 10-9 victory in a NESCAC men's lacrosse matchup on Wednesday.

Junior Tufts attackman Jon Zissi (Winchester, MA) led the way with a game-high six points on three goals and three assists, while junior midfielder David Supple (Rowayton, CT) added the game-winner with 2:31 remaining in regulation. The Jumbos improved to 7-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play, while Amherst fell to 5-4 and 2-4 with its third straight loss.

Amherst's Chris Condlin (Baltimore, MD), Gene Nogi (Clarks Summit, PA), Eric Edelson (Bethesda, MD) and Rob Gibson (South Salem, NY) each scored in the game's first 10 minutes to give the Jeffs an early, if not insurmountable, 4-0 lead. Tufts rebounded with a pair of unanswered goals by Zissi, before Nogi connected again at the 3:07 mark to give Amherst a 5-2 advantage at the end of the first period.

A comparatively low-scoring second period saw Condlin and Edelson score again for the Jeffs, while junior midfielder Jack Palmer (Vestel, NY) found the back of the net for Tufts to set the halftime score at 7-3. The Jumbos then got six straight goals from six different players in the third and fourth periods - including a game-tying tally by Palmer and a go-ahead score from Supple - to take a 9-7 lead with 6:33 left in the final stanza.

Down but not out, Edelson -the Jeffs' senior co-captain -single-handedly tied the game with a pair of scores inside the final five minutes, setting the stage for Supple's dramatic game-winning goal at the 2:31 mark.

Tufts' junior goalkeeper Kirk Lutwyler (Ridgewood, NJ) finished what turned out to be an emotionally draining game with 14 saves and held the Jeffs to just two points in the second half. Senior goalkeeper Corey Simonson (Brookline, MA) also posted 14 saves for Amherst.

The win avenged a 24-3 loss Amherst pinned on Tufts the last time the two played in 1998. The Jumbos have now won three of their last four NESCAC games, including 9-7 over Williams and 8-4 over Colby. As of Thursday morning they are tied for fourth place in the league with Trinity and Connecticut College. The top four teams earn home field berths into the NESCAC Playoffs. Another tough league matchup awaits the Jumbos at home on Sunday against Bates College.

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