JUMBOS SHAKE OFF GORDON FOR 11-10 WIN IN HOME OPENER

COLLEGE MENíS LACROSSE FINAL SCORE
Tufts 11            Gordon 10

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2002
At Medford

Gordon (2-2)  

5  

0  

4  

1  

=  

10

Tufts (3-1)  

5  

2  

2  

2  

=  

11

Goals: T, David Supple 3, Jack Palmer 3, Jim Mandler 2, Jon Zissi 2, Bryan Griffin; G, Matt Chapman 6, Robbie Frink 2, Mark Schreiber, Peter Chapman.

Assists: T, Griffin 3, Alex Kerwin 2, Zissi 2; G, P. Chapman 2, M. Chapman 1.

Saves: T, Kirk Lutwyler 10; G, Nate Boyd 14.

            MEDFORD Ė Senior co-captain Jim Mandler (Smithtown, NY) scored the game-winning goal with 4:42 left in the fourth quarter as the Tufts University Jumbos posted an 11-10 victory over the Gordon College Fighting Scots in menís lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon.

            Playing in its home opener, the Jumbos were taken to the limit by a Gordon team they had beaten three straight times by a combined score of 49-22. On Wednesday, the score was tied 9-9 heading into the fourth quarter and the visitors took a 10-9 lead on a goal by Robbie Frink (Gardiner, ME) at 13:32.

Tufts controlled possession for most of the final period, but couldnít tie the score until freshman Bryan Griffin (West Islip, NY) bounced one through Gordon keeper Nate Boydís (Beverly, MA) legs at 7:05 for a 10-10 tally. Barely two minutes later, Mandler won it for the Jumbos off a pass by Griffin.

Boyd was excellent in the Gordon cage, helping the Scots stay with the Jumbos by making 14 saves. Tufts senior Kirk Lutwyler (Ridgewood, NJ) had 10 saves in the Tufts net. The Jumbos improved to 3-1 overall with their fourth straight win over Gordon. The Scots dropped to 2-2.

The teams came out firing in the first period, going back and forth at each other with five goals apiece. Gordonís Matt Chapman (Sewickly, PA) scored three of his game-high six goals in a row during the first period.

Senior co-captain David Supple (Rowayton, CT) and classmate Jack Palmer (Vestal, NY) scored Tufts goals in the second period and the defense blanked the Scots to give the hosts a 7-5 lead at halftime. Gordon surged to 8-7 and 9-8 leads in the third quarter, with Tufts rallying to tie the score heading into the decisive fourth.