Tufts 14    Bates 7

At Lewiston, ME
Saturday, April 24, 2004

Tufts (10-2, 6-1 NESCAC) 3 3 3 5 = 14
Bates (2-8, 1-7 NESCAC) 3 0 2 2 = 7

Goals: T: Michael Hughes 5, Mike O'Brien 2, Mark Warner 1, Evan Saulsbury 1, Devin Clarke 1, Brett Holm 1, Bryan Griffin 1, Matt Lanuto 1, Drew Innis 1; B: Peter Friedman 2, Brad Frost 1, Dan Ross 1, David Pritchard 1, Brenton Pitt 1, Mark Boccard 1.

Assists: T: Warner 3, Billy Granger 2, Clarke 1, Holm 1, O'Brien 1, Saulsbury 1; B: Friedman 1, John Kinnane 1.

Saves: T: Luke Chicco (60:00 - 7 GA) 12 saves; B: Paul Kazarian (50:16 - 11 GA) 27 saves; Chas Garrison (9:44 - 3 GA) 0 saves.

LEWISTON, Me. -- One of the characteristics of the Tufts University Men's Lacrosse team, now 10-2 overall and 6-1 in NESCAC after Saturday's 14-7 victory at Bates, is that they haven't relied on just one or two players to provide their offense. If opponents focus on shutting down All-American Bryan Griffin (West Islip, NY), someone else steps up and scores goals.

On Saturday at Bates, it was sophomore Michael Hughes (Branford, CT), who scored four consecutive goals to lead Tufts on a 5-0 run. The stretch gave Tufts an 8-3 lead, and they never looked back.

Hughes was the game’s leading scorer with five goals. Classmate Mike O’Brien (Concord, MA) added two goals and an assist for the Jumbos, who remained in a first place tie with Middlebury College in the conference. Nine Jumbos scored goals overall, including the first of freshman Matt Lanuto's (Duxbury, MA) collegiate career. 

Tufts had a 55-26 shot advantage, but Bates goaltender Paul Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) made 27 saves, including several in one-on-one situations. Kazarian allowed 11 of the 14 goals before being relieved in the final 10 minutes of the game. Peter Friedman (Putney, Vt.) led the Bobcat offense with two goals and an assist.

Tufts face a big test at third-place Wesleyan on Wednesday.