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Tufts 13    Eastern Connecticut 10

At Willimantic, CT
Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Game Box Score

Senior tri-captain Wiley Dornseif led Tufts in ground balls with five, as the Jumbos dominated the Warriors in that category

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Attackmen Clem McNally (Farhills, NJ) and Mark Warner (Wading River, NY) each scored four goals to help the Tufts University men's lacrosse team to a 13-10 non-conference win over Eastern Connecticut State University Tuesday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.

Ranked No. 17 nationally in Division III, Tufts (2-0) ended Eastern's (0-3) 19-game winning streak at Nevers Field. Until today, the Warriors' last loss at home came against Stevens Tech, 8-6, on March 28, 2004. The home winning streak was the second-longest for Eastern, which had won 37 in a row between May 6, 1998 and May 3, 2003. Eastern is 73-4 in 12 years at Nevers Field.

The Jumbos, who have won four straight over Eastern, never trailed. The Warriors tied the match for the last time when sophomore attack Matthew Savage (Southington, CT) scored on an assist from junior midfielder Pete Hamilton (Rutland, VT) with five minutes left in the first half.

Leading 8-6, Tufts scored five of the first six goals of the fourth quarter -- getting goals from five different players -- to build a 13-7 lead with four minutes left.

Warner scored one goal in each quarter, collecting both of his team's extra-man goals. McNally scored two of his goals in the decisive fourth quarter, the second a short-handed strike to give the Jumbos a 12-7 lead with 4:45 left.

In addition to scoring two extra-man goals on five tries, Tufts had two short-handed goals. The Warriors managed to score in extra-man situations only once in nine tries, failing on their first seven. Trailing by only two goals, 8-6, late in the third quarter, Eastern was also held scoreless during a two-man advantage.

Senior attack Dave Carpenter (Redding, CT), a pre-season All-America, led Eastern with three goals and three assists, with Hamilton adding three assists to go along with his goal. Senior defenseman Wiley Dornseif (Littleton, CO) led Tufts with nine ground balls, senior midfielder Matt Lanuto (Duxbury, MA) adding six. Tufts had 52 ground balls to 21 for Eastern.

Sophomore goalie Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD) made ten saves for Tufts. He allowed the Warriors to score consecutive goals only once until Eastern scored the final three of the match over the final two minutes.

The 0-3 start matches the worst start in program history for Eastern, which was coming off a loss to No. 3 nationally-ranked Rochester Tech last Thursday. Sophomore Kyle Savage (Southington, CT) made 15 stops for Eastern, seven coming in the second period when he allowed only two late goals.