Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Schedule & Results
TUFTS ADVANCES IN NCAA TOURNAMENT WITH 9-8 WIN
COLLEGE MEN'S LACROSSE FINAL SCORE
NCAA Tournament First Round
Tufts 9 Endicott 8
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Game Box Score
|Matt Harrigan made 16 saves for the Jumbos,
including 10 in the second half
MEDFORD -- The Tufts Jumbos built an 8-1 lead and then narrowly
survived an Endicott College comeback to move on in the NCAA
Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament with a 9-8 victory on
Wednesday night at Bello Field.
The Jumbos (13-3), who tied a school record with
their 13th victory, travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to play the
second-ranked Bullets in second-round NCAA action on Saturday at
1:00. Endicott's season is over with a 15-3 record.
Making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance,
the Jumbos looked like they were going to rout the Gulls in the
first 20 minutes. They scored the first four goals, including
sensational individual efforts by sophomore Clem McNally (Farhills,
NJ) and freshman Jamie Atkins (Concord, MA). Endicott got
on the scoreboard with a goal by Nick Cosco (Londonderry, NH) late
in the first quarter, but Tufts opened the second period with four
straight goals. Sophomore middie Chase Bibby (Marblehead, MA)
had two of them, and McNally also scored his third of the game.
Twenty minutes into the contest it was 8-1 Tufts.
That's when the momentum began to shift. Cosco and
senior Josh Gilbert (Simsbury, CT) scored less than a minute apart
for the Gulls to make it 8-3. Tufts senior Mark Warner (Wading
River, NY) tallied at 4:45 of the second, putting the Tufts lead
at 9-3. It would be the last goal of the game for the Jumbos.
Endicott finished the half with late goals by Gilbert and Eddie
O'Reilly (Beverly, MA), just 20 seconds apart, to go into
intermission trailing 9-5. However, the tide had turned.
The Gulls then came out and dominated the second
half. They out-shot Tufts 26-14 and won the ground balls battle
18-12 in the third and fourth quarters. However, they could only get
a man-up goal by Cosco at 6:21 of the third quarter, hitting four
posts during the period, and the game
went into the fourth with Tufts leading 9-6. Gulls goals by Dan Cain
(Billerica, MA) at 12:43 and Gilbert at 6:23 pulled the visitors
Gulls within one goal.
Tufts could get nothing done offensively, going
scoreless in the second half and for the last 34:45 overall.
However, the Jumbo defense buckled down and sophomore goalie Matt
Harrigan (Darnestown, MA) was solid, making 10 of his 16 saves
in the second half. The Gulls had five shots to zero for the Jumbos
in the final six minutes, but none were on net and Tufts escaped
with the win.
In addition to the multiple-goal games by McNally
and Bibby, senior Chris Connelly (Wilton, CT) had a goal and
two assists for the Jumbos and Warner finished with one of each.
Gilbert and Cosco both scored three times for the
Gulls, while O'Reilly finished with a goal and two assists and
Brandon Dube (Danvers, MA) passed out three assists. Endicott goalie
Sean Kearney (Mahopac, NY) had 10 saves.