Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS STORM BACK FROM FIVE GOALS DOWN TO WIN IN
COLLEGE MEN'S LACROSSE FINAL SCORE
Tufts 13, Eastern Connecticut 12 (2ot)
At Medford, MA
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Game Box Score
MEDFORD -- Down by five goals against Eastern
Connecticut entering the fourth period, the seventh-ranked Tufts
men's lacrosse team scored six times in the fourth quarter to send
the game into overtime, and then won 13-12 on a goal by freshman
D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD) in the second OT.
The upset-minded visitors from Eastern Connecticut
(0-3) did not trail all game until the final score. They jumped to a
7-4 halftime lead behind five goals from junior D.J. Simmons
(Mystic, CT). They added to their lead in the third period with four
more goals for an 11-6 advantage heading into the final quarter.
Playing with desperation, Tufts scored four times in
the first five minutes of the fourth period to make it an 11-10
game. Three came off the stick of sophomore attackman Patrick Devine
(Braintree, MA). Eastern went up 12-10 on Matthew Savage's
(Southington, CT) second goal of the game at the seven-minute mark.
The Jumbos answered with goals by Doug DiSesa (Wynnewood, PA)
at 6:06 and Brett Holm (Longmeadow, MA) at 4:36 for a 12-12
tie that would last until the end of regulation.
Tufts goalie Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD)
stopped two shots in the first overtime period. Two minutes into the
second overtime, Eastern Connecticut had possession behind its goal
under heavy Tufts pressure. A loose ball eventually squirted out in
front of the net, where Hessler was able to grab it alone and score
the game-winner with 1:56 on the clock.
The winning goal was the fifth point of the game for
Hessler, who had three goals and two assists. Devine and junior
Peter Whitney (Baltimore, MD), who had two goals and an assist,
were also multiple-point scorers for the hosts. Harrigan finished
with nine saves.
Tufts was able to slow down Simmons in the second
half. He finished with the five goals and a game-high 10 shots.
Senior Tyler Prescott (Norwalk, CT) and freshman Brendan Hoppey
(Shoreham, NY) each had two goals and an assist for the Warriors.
Junior goalie Kyle Savage (Southington, CT) stopped 15 shots
overall. Senior Jon Snedeker (Southington, CT) was solid on defense
with five ground balls.
The Jumbos finished with a 54-36 tally in shots, led
by nine from senior Matt Caple (Wellesley, MA). Tufts also
won 18 of 29 face-offs, with sophomore Mike Droesch (Setauket, NY)
taking 12 and freshman Brett Olson (Huntington, NY) finishing
6 for 8. Thirteen penalties were whistled, but Caple scored the lone