Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Schedule & Results
#10 JUMBOS BOUNCE BACK WITH 15-4 WIN OVER #9
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND
COLLEGE MEN'S LACROSSE FINAL SCORE
Tufts 15, Western New England 4
At Medford, MA
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Game Box Score
|Matt Harrigan saved 15 of the 19 WNEC shots
MEDFORD -- The 10th ranked Tufts University men's lacrosse team
scored five goals during a 1:41 span late in the second quarter to
break open a tight game and the Jumbos went on to earn an impressive
15-4 victory over #9 Western New England College under the lights at
Bello Field on Tuesday night. WNEC is ranked first in New England
and Tufts is #3 this week.
Sophomore D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD) scored five goals
with three assists to lead the Jumbos, who rebounded from their
first loss of the season at Trinity (11-9) on Saturday. Senior
Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD) had his best game of the year in
goal, stopping 15 shots while allowing just four goals. The Jumbos
improved to 9-1 overall, matching last year's victory total.
Hessler scored twice in the first 90 seconds of the game, then
added a third goal with 29 seconds remaining in the first period to
give Tufts a 4-1 lead after the first 15. The Golden Bears got the
next two, by senior Brodie Savoie (Wilbraham, MA) at 8:18 of
the second quarter and by junior Tim Santye (Skillman, NJ) at
5:36 to make it 4-3.
That's when the Jumbos took over. Hessler scored at 3:41,
sophomore Matt Witko (Chappaqua, NY) was next at 2:56, junior
Mike Droesch (Setauket, NY) tallied 11 seconds later at 2:45,
junior Doug DiSesa (Wynnewood, PA) netted one at 2:25 and
sophomore Alec Bialosky (Moreland Hills, OH) finished the run
at 2:00 even. In a snap, it was 9-3 Jumbos.
Hessler set up two goals by classmate Ryan Molloy (Setauket,
NY) in the third to extend the Tufts lead to 11-3. The Golden
Bears ended a scoring drought of nearly 26 minutes when senior
Chuck Cartelli (Yorktown Heights, NY) hit the twine at 9:40 of
the fourth. Droesch, who scored two goals with two assists and
finished with a game-high eight ground balls, then initiated a 4-0
Jumbo run in the final eight minutes that was icing on the cake.
Tufts finished with a decided advantage in face-offs, with
Droesch and freshman Nick Rhoads (McLean, VA) both winning
seven. The other statistical categories were very even. Tufts had a
47-44 edge in shots and 41-40 in ground balls. Neither team scored
on five extra-man opportunities. Junior Evan Crosby (Yarmouthport,
MA) scooped up five ground balls for the Jumbos. Molloy scored
The loss was WNEC's first in seven games. Savoie, with a goal and
an assist, was the lone multi-point scorer for the visitors. Senior
Matt McAnneny (Wakefield, MA) had five ground balls and
junior Bill Greider (South Windsor, CT) won six face-offs.
Freshman Brewster Knowlton (Somers, CT) stopped 15 shots in
the Golden Bears' net.
Tufts travels to Middlebury College on Saturday (Apr. 11) for a
battle between NESCAC's first-place teams. The Golden Bears host a
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) game against New England
College on Thursday (Apr. 9).