Tufts 7 Williams 4

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2001
At Medford, Mass.

Williams (1-5, 0-2 NESCAC) 0 2 0 2 = 4
Tufts (5-3, 1-2 NESCAC) 1 0 2 4 = 7

Goals: T, Dan Kollar 3, Jon Zissi 3, Jim Mandler; W, Chris Hayes 2, Graham Davidson, Graeme Sanderson.

Assists: T, Zissi 2, Brian Cunningham, Chris Kollar, David Supple, Chris Taylor; W, Robert Adamo.

Saves: T, Kirk Lutwyler 15; W, Matt Rade 9.

MEDFORD – The host Tufts University Jumbos scored the first six goals of the second half en route to a big 7-4 victory over the Williams College Ephs in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.

The Jumbos trailed 2-1 at the half, but surged to the lead behind junior Jon Zissi (Winchester, MA), senior co-captain Dan Kollar (Middle Island, NY) and junior goalkeeper Kirk Lutwyler (Ridgewood, NJ). It’s the first Tufts win over Williams since 1995 and just the third in the last 13 seasons.

Zissi scored twice in the final 2:32 of the third quarter to turn a 2-1 Williams lead into a 3-2 Tufts advantage. The Jumbos then scored four goals in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter, including three by Kollar, to lead 7-2 with 7:52 remaining. Williams applied great pressure over the remainder of the game, closing the gap to 7-4 on goals by sophomores Graeme Sanderson (Waterford, CT) and Chris Hayes’ (Washington, DC) second of the game. Lutwyler was strong in goal down the stretch, finishing with 10 second-half saves and 15 overall.

Zissi started the scoring with the only goal of the first quarter at 7:19. Hayes and senior tri-captain Graham Davidson (Needham, MA) scored twice for Williams in the second quarter, the only goals of that frame. It was an almost soccer-like 2-1 at the half. The Jumbos, who had lost their last five games in the series with Williams by a combined count of 87-32, came from behind for an important win for the program.

Tufts won its first NESCAC game while improving to 5-3 overall (1-2 league). Williams lost its fourth in a row, dropping to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the NESCAC. Freshman Matt Rade (Orchard Park, NY) made nine saves in the Eph net.