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Wesleyan (CT) 12, Tufts 4

At Medford, MA
Saturday, March 22, 2008

Game Box Score

MEDFORD -- Visiting Wesleyan University dominated possession and took a 12-4 victory at Tufts in a NESCAC men's lacrosse game between national top 10 teams on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field. Junior Russ Follansbee (Deerfield, MA) had three goals and two assists to lead the Cardinals.

Wesleyan, ranked eighth in the USILA poll, stopped a two-game slide while improving to 2-2 overall. They were playing in their NESCAC opener. Tufts (3-2, 1-1 NESCAC) has now lost two straight after climbing to the #5 spot in the poll.

Wesleyan had advantages in all of the statistical categories. They finished ahead 41-15 in shots, 33-19 on ground balls and 12-8 on face-off wins. The Cardinals led 12-1 after three periods before the Jumbos scored three times in the fourth quarter.

With the Cardinals up 2-0 early, Tufts scored on a man-up situation by sophomore Jamie Atkins (Concord, MA). That made it 2-1 at 8:52 in the first quarter, but Tufts wouldn't score again until 12:18 of the fourth. In between, Wesleyan scored 10 straight goals to take command of the game.

Junior Jason Ben-Eliyahu (East Setauket, NY) scored twice in the first period, which ended with Wes up 4-1. They added three more in the second, two by Follansbee, for a 7-1 halftime score. Senior Chris Jasinski (Wilton, CT) scored the first two goals of the third quarter, leading the Cardinals to give tallies overall in the frame and a 12-1 margin after three. Atkins scored his second of the game for Tufts at 5:44.

Both goalies played well. Despite their low shot total, Tufts had some qualify opportunities and Wesleyan's Mike Borrero (Bayport, NY) made seven saves. Junior Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD) made 19 stops for the Jumbos at the other end, including six in the first quarter.

Six players scored multiple points for Wesleyan. Sophomore Jon Killeen (Derry, NH) also had two goals. Junior Spike Malangone (Lake Grove, NY) was outstanding on defense, picking up a game-high eight ground balls. Senior Bobby Goulding (Oyster Bay, NY) was 12 for 16 on face-offs through three quarters.

Junior Clem McNally (Farhills, NJ) returned to the Tufts line-up after missing the first four games and had an assist. Junior long-stick middie Jordan Yarboro (Herndon, VA) had four ground balls.