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Tufts 18, Amherst 8

At Amherst, MA
Saturday, March 13, 2010

Game Box Score

Senior Patrick Devine had a goal and two assists among 13 players who scored points for Tufts

AMHERST -- After giving up the first two goals of the game, the ninth-ranked Tufts University men's lacrosse team scored the next 12 on their way to a convincing 18-8 victory at Amherst College in the season and NESCAC openers for both squads on Saturday afternoon.

Tufts (1-0) got goals from 12 different players while routing the Lord Jeffs in the season-opener for the second straight year. The Jumbos won a 15-6 game last season. Coach Mike Daly's Jumbos have now won seven straight in the series, dating back to 2004. They were led on Saturday by junior Ryan Molloy's (Setauket, NY) two goals and two assists. Amherst (0-1) senior tri-captain Rob Denious scored three goals.

The Lord Jeffs jumped out of the gate, winning the first two face-offs of the game and scoring impressive goals. Just 47 seconds into the first, Amherst sophomore Alex Fox (Garden City, NY) beat Tufts goalie Steven Foglietta (Oceanside, NY) with a shot. After winning the ensuing face-off, sophomore Evan Redwood (Lutherville, MD) had his pass from behind the goal deflected by Foglietta, but scooped up the ground ball and dove in for a wrap-around score.

After just 1:36 of the first period, Amherst held a 2-0 lead over the top-ranked team in New England. The Jumbos responded emphatically, scoring eight straight goals to finish the first quarter with an 8-2 lead. Tufts used a balanced attack to take over the game. Seven different players scored during the run, while junior Brian Donovan (St. James, NY) put in a pair of goals in the frame.

During the second quarter, Tufts scored the only four goals of the period. Sophomore Kevin McCormick (Laytonsville, MD) had a goal and an assist during the period. Amherst goalie Steve Levy (Plandome, NY) made six saves in the second, but the Jumbos put 14 of their 16 shots on goal during the stanza. At the half, the Jumbos held a 12-2 advantage.

The third quarter saw the Lord Jeffs come out and hold the ball for nearly a five-minute possession to start the period. With 10:10 remaining in the period, Amherst rookie Jeff Izzo (Plandome, NY) scored his first collegiate point on an unassisted tally. Izzo�s goal was the lone score of the quarter, as Amherst held its own in the period.

In the fourth quarter, the Jumbos scored four of the first five goals, taking a commanding 16-4 lead on Molloy's goal with 7:13 on the clock. Amherst scored four goals in the final 5:07 of the game, including a trio of tallies from Denious.

The Jumbos received three points from each from senior Patrick Devine (Braintree, MA) and McCormick. The Jumbos scored three extra-man goals in the game, while holding the Lord Jeffs to a one for 10 performance with the extra man. In his first collegiate start, Foglietta made 10 for the Jumbos. He had four in the opening period. Senior tri-captain Mike Droesch (Setauket, NY) scooped up four ground balls along with scoring two goals. Senior Doug DiSesa (Wynnewood, PA) finished with two goals and three ground balls.

Rookie Brian McFeeley (Essex Fells, NJ) and Luke Arnold (Lincoln, MA) had a goal and an assist each for Amherst. Levy made nine saves.

Tufts opens its home schedule on Tuesday (Mar. 16) at Bello Field against Lasell at 3:30 pm. The Lord Leffs play at Eastern Connecticut on Tuesday at 4 pm.

Portions of this game release courtesy of Amherst College