Wesleyan 17 Tufts 9

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2001
At Medford, Mass.

Wesleyan (13-1, 7-0 NESCAC) 6 6 1 4 = 17
Tufts (7-6, 3-5 NESCAC) 4 3 1 1 = 9

Goals: T, Dan Kollar 3, Alex Kerwin 2, Jim Mandler 2, Brian Cunningham, Jon Zissi; W, John Landay 4, Pat Reid 2, Jeff DelRosso 2, Andrew Rotando 2, Mark Ungar 2, Chris Walsh 2, Ian Applegate, Sandy Cole, Rob Wilcox.

Assists: T, Kerwin 2, Jack Palmer; W, Reid 2, Wilcox 2, Dan Ackil, Rotando, Walsh.

Saves: T, Kirk Lutwyler 16; W, Lukas Cash 5.

MEDFORD – High-powered Wesleyan University scored seven straight goals during a 13-minute stretch in the first half to help turn an early deficit into a convincing 17-9 victory over Tufts University in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon.

Host Tufts got off to a good start and led 4-1 on senior Dan Kollar’s (Middle Island, NY) second goal of the first period at 9:12. It was Kollar’s 184th career point, setting a new all-time mark at Tufts. He surpassed David Perry’s 183 points from 1993-97. The Cardinals turned it around from there, scoring the next seven to lead 8-4 with 11:11 to play in the second quarter. Senior John Landay (Baltimore, MD), the NESCAC’s leading scorer, and sophomore Chris Walsh (Cape Elizabeth, ME) scored two goals apiece during the stretch.

Tufts scored three of the next four goals and trailed just 9-7 following a goal by junior Jim Mandler (Smithtown, NY) with 3:27 to go until halftime. The Cardinals finished the half strongly though, scoring three times in the final 2:43 for a 12-7 halftime advantage. Junior Mark Ungar (Setauket, NY) tallied two of the goals.

After a 19-goal first half, the teams clamped down defensively and had just a goal apiece in the third quarter. The Jumbos pulled within 12-8 at 7:42 of the third on sophomore Alex Kerwin’s (Bethesda, MD) second goal, but Wes finished by scoring five of the final six goals to put the Jumbos away.

Landay scored four times to lead Wesleyan, whose 17 goals were the most against Tufts this season. Senior Pat Reid (Gladstone, NJ) and junior Andrew Rotando (Boston, MA) each had two goals with three assists. Senior Lukas Cash (North Attleboro, MA) made five saves.

Tufts was led by Kerwin with two goals and two assists, while Kollar – already the team’s all-time goals leader entering the game – scored three. Junior goalie Kirk Lutwyler (Ridgewood, NJ) made 17 saves as Wesleyan posted a 35-17 advantage in shots.

The Cardinals, ranked third in New England and 15th in the nation entering the week, moved to 7-0 in the NESCAC and 13-1 overall. Tufts dropped to 7-6 and 3-5.