Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Schedule & Results
#7 JUMBOS PUT AWAY #15 ENDICOTT WITH SEVEN-GOAL
COLLEGE MEN'S LACROSSE FINAL SCORE
Tufts 18, Endicott 13
At Beverly, MA
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Game Box Score
|Matt Witko, who tied for the Tufts lead with
three goals, was one of seven Jumbo goal scorers in the fourth
BEVERLY -- Seventh-ranked Tufts University outscored #15 Endicott
7-3 in the fourth quarter to blow open a one-goal game, as the
Jumbos outlasted the Gulls, 18-13, in a top-15 showdown on Tuesday
night. The win improves Tufts to 10-2 overall while Endicott falls
The Jumbos were quick out of the gate as sophomore Matt Witko
(Chappaqua, NY) notched a man-up goal followed by a D.J.
Hessler (Monkton, MD) tally to give Tufts a 2-0 lead just 4:55
into the first quarter. The two sides would trade goals for the
remainder of the frame as the visitors led 4-2 after one.
A wild second quarter saw a combined nine goals scored between
the two teams as Endicott was able to cut the deficit to one heading
into halftime, trailing 8-7. Both Dan Cain (Billerica, MA) and
Brandon Dube (Danvers, MA) struck twice for the Blue and Green in
the second. Tufts countered with a balanced attack as the Jumbos had
eight different goal scorers in the first half.
The two nationally-ranked teams scored three goals apiece in the
third quarter, sending Tufts into the final frame leading by one,
11-10. Senior tri-captain Clem McNally (Far Hills, NJ) put
the guests ahead 12-10 as he took a feed from classmate Kevin
Williams (Merrick, NY) just 33 seconds into the fourth and beat
Endicott goalie Eric Hagarty (Sudbury, MA) with a crank shot from 12
yards out. Witko then scored his second of the game on an overhand
snipe that caught the upper corner, pushing the Jumbos out in front
The Gulls kept their chances alive less than a minute later as
senior Nick Cosco (Londonderry, NH) beat his man off goal line
extended and planted a shot under the crossbar to make it a two-goal
game. However, the Jumbos smothered any comeback thoughts as Tufts
rattled off four unanswered to put the game out of reach. Two late
goals were not enough for the Blue and Green, as Tufts held on for
the 18-13 decision.
Both Hessler and Witko ended the night with three goals and an
assist for Tufts. Hessler's assist tied the Tufts single-season
record of 35. Williams had two goals and four assists while Ryan
Molloy (Setauket, NY) had two and two. McNally ended the night
with two goals and one helper. Tufts senior goalie Matt Harrigan
(Darnestown, MD) made 12 saves in the winning effort.
Endicott got a monster effort from seniors Dube and Cain, as the
duo each had four goals for the Gulls. Sophomore Jack Curtis
(Chelmsford, MA) had two goals and three assists while Cosco had two
goals. Junior midfielder Brad Lipkvich (Madison, CT) ended the night
with a goal and three assists.
A statistically even game with the exception of two categories,
Tufts controlled the midfield X by winning 21 of the 34 face-offs.
The Jumbos also made the Gulls pay on the man-advantage, scoring on
five of their seven attempts.
Tuesday's outcome could have huge implications on the two team's
respective playoff destinies, as both Endicott and Tufts could be
vying for At Large bid(s) into the NCAA Tournament due to
particularly tough conference opponents. The Gulls will step back
into TCCC play on Thursday when they travel to the University of New
England, while Tufts gets set to host Connecticut College on
Saturday at 1:00 pm.