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Tufts 11    Trinity 5

At Medford, MA
Saturday, March 31, 2007

Game Box Score

Chris Connelly scored three man-up goals for Tufts

MEDFORD -- Tufts senior Chris Connelly (Wilton, CT) scored three man-up goals to lead the #9 Jumbos to an 11-5 home opener victory over Trinity College in NESCAC men�s macrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.

Undefeated Tufts (6-0, 3-0 NESCAC) finished 4 for 6 in man-up situations and really turned on the offense in the second half. The Jumbo defense also played outstanding, including sophomore goalie Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD), who turned away 10 Bantam shots between the pipes.

Trinity jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when junior Sam Slater (Lutherville, MD) scored an unassisted goal just over a minute into the game. The Jumbos knotted the score at one less than five minutes later when sophomore Clem McNally (Far Hills, NJ) netted the first of two consecutive goals on a Trinity penalty. The second goal, which put Tufts ahead 2-1, came on a beautiful feed from senior tri-captain Mark Warner (Wading River, NY) to a cutting McNally who put the one-timer home. Warner tallied a goal and three assists before all was said and done. Tufts would take a 5-2 lead into halftime.

Tufts started the second half energized, scoring three consecutive goals to take an 8-2 lead. Senior Mike Cortese (Saratoga Springs, NY) took a break-away feed from Warner and went five-hole on Trinity sophomore Alex Palma (Chappaqua, NY) to put the Jumbos up by six at 4:08 of the third period. The Jumbos would be in control the rest of the way. Palma played well in net for the Bantams, making 15 saves. Kris Tedeschi (Norwell, MA) led Trinity with two goals.

Tufts� day was punctuated by two scores from its long-poles, the first from junior Tucker Merrigan (Greenfield, MA) in the second period and the exclamation point from sophomore Jordan Yarboro (Herndon, VA), which capped the important NESCAC victory at 3:49 of the fourth.