Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Schedule & Results
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE ADVANCES PAST TUFTS
INTO NCAA QUARTERFINALS, 12-9
COLLEGE MEN'S LACROSSE FINAL SCORE
NCAA Tournament 2nd Round
Western New England College 12, Tufts 9
At Medford, MA
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Game Box Score
|Senior Kevin Williams scored a career-high
three goals in the game
MEDFORD -- Spurred by a 4-0 third period, the Western New England
College men's lacrosse team defeated Tufts University, 12-9, in the
second round of the 2009 NCAA Division 3 Tournament on Saturday
afternoon at Bello Field. The Golden Bears (17-2) advance to the
national quarterfinals for the third straight season, where they
will face Cortland State on Wednesday.
Junior Tim Santye (Skillman, NJ) and senior co-captain Brody
Savoie (Wilbraham, MA) both scored three times for the winners and
freshman Brewster Knowlton (Somers, CT) was strong in goal with 18
saves, including seven in the final quarter. Tufts (13-5) got three
goals from senior Kevin Williams (Merrick, NY) and 16 saves
by senior goalie Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD).
The #12 Jumbos had taken a 15-4 win over #9 WNEC when the teams
met during the regular season on April 7, but this one was a battle
from the start. Williams scored all three of his goals in the first
period, but the Golden Bears were equal to the task and tied the
score at 3-3 on a goal by freshman Nick Jez (Somers, CT) with 1:18
remaining in the opening quarter.
Two goals by Santye put the Golden Bears up 5-4 at 7:31 of the
second, but Jumbo senior tri-captain Clem McNally (Far Hills, NJ)
scored back-to-back goals staking Tufts to a 6-5 advantage. WNEC
tied it, but the Jumbos went to halftime with a 7-6 lead when junior
Zach Groen (New Haven, CT) scored his first goal of the
season with 13 seconds to go before intermission.
When WNEC's Patrick White (Milton, MA) scored 52 seconds into the
third period, it produced the seventh tie of the team already at
7-7. It also began a four-goal run that would give the Golden Bears
a 10-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Sophomore Marty O'Brien
(West Springfield, MA) at 13:26, Savoie at 2:30 and Santye at 1:55
also tallied for WNEC. The Jumbos only put one shot on net in the
Tufts twice got within two goals in the fourth, but couldn't get
closer. They scored the first goal of the fourth, by sophomore
Ryan Molloy (Setauket, NY) at 8:31, to pull within 10-8. WNEC
answered with Colin Houlihan's (Yorktown Heights, NY) score at 5:38.
Molloy scored again at 3:15 to make it 11-9, but Knowlton and the
Golden Bear defense held the fort and Savoie crowned the victory by
scoring with nine seconds left.
Santye had four points for WNEC, including an assist, and White
scored two goals. Junior Bill Greider (South Windsor, CT) won 12
face-offs and had nine ground balls. Senior Matt McAnneny
(Wakefield, MA) scooped up five ground balls, while senior Jared
Pabis (Wilbraham, MA) and sophomore J. Michael Nardella (Beverly,
MA) finished with four each.
Sophomore D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD) added three assists
to the Tufts attack. Defensemen Eytan Saperstein (Hewlett, NY)
and Evan Crosby (Yarmouthport, MA) played well with six
ground balls apiece. Freshman Nick Rhoads (McLean, VA) won
nine of 17 face-offs.
Not surprisingly, the stats were even except for WNEC finishing
with an advantage of 58-49 in shots. Only two penalties were
whistled against each team, none in the second half.