Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS TAKE VICTORY FROM #3 WESLEYAN IN SECOND
COLLEGE MEN'S LACROSSE FINAL SCORE
Tufts 9 Wesleyan, CT 6
At Middletown, CT
Saturday, March 24, 2007
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- In a battle of two nationally
ranked, undefeated Division III teams, Tufts University (4-0, 1-0 NESCAC) stormed back from a 4-2 halftime deficit with four
unanswered goals in the third quarter as part of a five-goal run and
walked away from a visit to Wesleyan University (5-1, 0-1 NESCAC)
with a 9-6 NESCAC victory on Saturday afternoon. Wesleyan came into
the game ranked third in this week's USILA poll while Tufts, fresh
off a victory at #18 Roanoke midweek, held the #15 spot.
After senior Mark Warner (Wading River, NY)
scored to tie the game for Tufts at 2-2 at the 5:07 mark of the
first period, Wesleyan held the Jumbos scoreless for a span of more
than 21 minutes as junior Alex Kaufman had a goal and an assist for
Wesleyan en route to a 4-2 bulge at halftime. When Tufts broke the
drought at 13:43 of the third period on a behind-the-back shot by
senior Chris Connelly (Wilton, CT), it opened the door for
the Jumbos as sophomore Clem McNally (Farhills, NJ), who
leads Tufts with 11 goals on the season, scored twice in a span of
1:56 to put Tufts ahead for good, 5-4 at the 9:11 mark.
Sophomore Chase Bibby (Marblehead, MA) added
the fourth goal of the run at 3:31 with a shot from the left side,
making it 6-4 at the end of three periods. Warner opened the
fourth-period scoring with his second goal of the game, coming at
12:46, for the game's largest lead, 7-4. The teams traded goals to
the end with McNally completing his hat trick into a virtually empty
net at 0:26 to lock up the win.
Sophomore goalie Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD)
finished the game with 11 saves for Tufts, five of those in the
third period as Tufts took over at both ends of the field. Wesleyan
keeper senior Charlie Congleton made 10 stops. Tufts senior Matt
Lanuto (Duxbury, MA) was outstanding in winning 12 of 18
face-offs he took for the Jumbos and led all players with 10 ground
balls in the contest. Senior defender Wiley Dornseif (Littleton,
CO) also had a strong effort for Tufts with nine grounders.
Sophomore Spike Malangone led the Cardinals with six ground balls.
Tufts broke a four-game losing streak to Wesleyan
while making the series record 22-17 in Wesleyan's favor. It also
marked the fourth year in a row that Wesleyan, which played in the
NCAA tournament in both 2005 and 2006, reaching the national
semi-finals last year, has dropped its conference opener. Bates had
beaten Wesleyan each of the last three years in the Cardinals'