Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Schedule & Results
ENDICOTT PULLS AWAY FROM JUMBOS FOR 10-7 VICTORY
COLLEGE MEN'S LACROSSE FINAL SCORE
Endicott 10, Tufts 7
At Beverly, MA
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Game Box Score
|Junior Clem McNally scored three times for
BEVERLY -- Endicott College�s Andrew Harding
(Niskayuna, NY) scored back-to-back fourth quarter goals in a 3:45
span to turn a one-goal lead into a three-goal cushion, propelling
No. 17 Endicott to a 10-7 win over visiting Tufts University on
Tuesday night in Beverly, Massachusetts. The win improves Endicott�s
record to 8-2 overall, while the Jumbos fall to 6-4.
It didn�t take long for the Blue and Green to break the ice on the
frigid turf, as TCCC Offensive Player of the Week Nick Cosco
(Londonderry, NH) placed a crank-shot from 15 yards out right under
the crossbar, giving Endicott the 1-0 lead just 2:24 into the first
quarter. Cosco would strike again just under three minutes later, as
he took a man-up feed from Brandon Dube (Danvers, MA) and beat
Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD) on the short side for the two-goal lead.
The hosts made it a 3-0 game just
forty-five seconds later as Eddie O�Reilly (Beverly, MA) found
the back of the net on a strong individual effort. The Jumbos
responded with a resilient close to the first quarter, as Kevin
Williams (Merrick, NY), D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD), and
Clem McNally (Far Hills, NY) combined to score
three straight, making it a 3-3 game after one.
Endicott defense made a stand in the second quarter, as the Blue and
Green locked-down their end of the field to hold Tufts scoreless.
Goaltender Eric Hagarty (Sudbury, MA) made four saves in the second
frame, keeping the Jumbos off the scoreboard. Endicott regained its
lead with 9:14 left in the quarter, as John Curtis (Chelmsford, MA)
buried a shot past Harrigan, putting EC ahead 4-3. Endicott would
enter the half with a two-goal lead, as Cosco scored his third of
the night from Dan Cain (Billerica, MA).
scored two goals apiece in the third quarter. Tufts� Connor
Ginsberg (New Haven, CT) picked up a loose ball on the crease
for a goal that pulled the visitors back within one.
Jordan Yarboro (Herndon, VA) tied the game at 5-all as he
leveraged his long-stick to place a seed in the back of the Endicott
net. Back-to-back goals from Nick Cosco, including a man-up tally,
gave the Gulls a 7-5 lead entering the fourth. Cosco�s second of the
back-to-back was one of the wildest goals in recent memory, as he
took a shot from 20 yards out that deflected off a Tufts� defender,
ricocheted high in the air, bounced strangely off the turf and
rolled into the Jumbos� net.
Eric Hagarty and the
Endicott defense packed it close to the goal mouth to start the
fourth, as Tufts controlled an early possession. After four-straight
Hagarty saves, McNally finally broke through for his second of the
night, making it a one goal game, 7-6.
As they did
all night, the Gulls responded to the challenge. Andrew Harding
returned the two-goal lead as he beat Harrigan with a hard bounce
shot at the junior�s feet to score Endicott�s eighth of the night.
Desperate for possession, Tufts coach Mike Daly opted to use his
goalkeeper to shut off the adjacent Endicott short stick, allowing
the Jumbos to double-team the ball carrier. The plan backfired as
Harding beat his defender at the back X, wrapping around an
empty-net goal for the 9-6 lead.
Tufts won the
ensuing face-off, but the Gulls got the ball back after a Matt
Caple (Wellesley, MA) shot was blocked and Lucien Bolduc (South
Windsor, MA) scooped-up the loose ball and returned it to his
offensive teammates. Sticking to their plan, the Jumbos once again
shutoff with the �keeper, and Eddie O�Reilly was able to use his
speed behind the net to waltz out in front for the empty-netter.
McNally got his third of the game with 1:15 remaining, but it
wouldn�t be enough as Endicott earned the hard-fought, 10-7
The Blue and Green were paced by Nick
Cosco�s five goals. Eddie O�Reilly had two goals and an assist,
while Andrew Harding found the back of the net twice in the win.
Brandon Dube dished out two assists for the hosts. Endicott goalie
Eric Hagarty made 22 saves in the victory. The win marks the
program�s first-ever over Tufts.
Tufts was led by
McNally�s three goals on 10 shots. Ginsberg, Hessler, Williams and
Yarboro each had a goal in the loss. Face-off man Mike Droesch
(Setauket, NY) went 15 of 21 from the midfield X, scooping up a
game-high eight ground balls. Harrigan ended the night with 11
Endicott returns to action on Saturday as it
travels north to the University of New England for a TCCC match-up
with the Nor�easters. Tufts steps back into conference play as well,
as the Jumbos will host Bowdoin College in a crucial NESCAC contest.
Both games are scheduled for 1:00 pm.