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NCAA Tournament Second Round
Gettysburg 12    Tufts 7

At Gettysburg, PA
Saturday, May 12, 2007

Game Box Score

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Gettysburg College scored the game's first six goals and went on to earn a 12-7 victory over Tufts University in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament second round on Saturday afternoon.

The loss ends Tufts University's best season with a 13-4 record. The Jumbos tied the school record for wins, won their first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) regular-season title and earned their first NCAA Tournament berth. Tufts won in the NCAA first round at home against Endicott, 9-8, on Wednesday night. Today they did not have enough against a Gettysburg team making its 17th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 19 years.

The Bullets (14-2) will play Ithaca College in the NCAA quarter-finals on Wednesday. Against Tufts, Kevin Freehill scored twice in the first period and Rob Triplett had a goal and an assist as the Bullets took a 5-0 lead after 15 minutes. Joe Brody scored for a 6-0 GC lead before Jumbo sophomore Chase Bibby (Marblehead, MA) got the visitors on the scoreboard at 6:10 of the second quarter. After two more Bullet goals, and one by Matt Caple (Wellesley, MA) for Tufts, the game went to the half at 8-2.

GC again got the edge in the second half, scoring the first goal at 10:35 by Steve Hurst. Tufts strung together its first rally, scoring four of the next five goals to get as close as 10-6 on a score by Chris Connelly (Wilton, CT) at 13:53 of the fourth quarter. However, the Bullets netted the next two goals, including the fourth of the game by Ben Sufrin, and the lead was back up to 12-6. Jumbo sophomore Peter Whitney (Baltimore, MD, who had one goal this season entering the game, scored his second of the day with 1:29 left in regulation to cap the scoring.

Sufrin finished with six points, adding two assists to his four goals. Pat Vaughan made 10 saves in the Gettysburg net.

Bibby and Caple both added assists to their goals for multiple-point games by the Jumbos. Sophomore goalie Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD) had nine saves.