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Tufts 20, Lasell 4

At Medford, MA
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Game Box Score

Sophomore Sean Kirwan scored three times and led the Jumbos with nine shots

MEDFORD -- For the second straight game, the ninth-ranked Tufts University men's lacrosse team received scoring contributions from a wide array of players in their 20-4 victory against Lasell College on Tuesday afternoon at Bello Field.

After a dozen Jumbos scored goals in their season-opening win against Amherst, a baker's dozen (13) got into the scoring column against the Lasers today. Junior Ryan Molloy (Setauket, NY) and sophomore Sean Kirwan (Boonton Township, NJ) led the troops with three goals each. Junior D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD) assisted five goals and scored twice for Tufts (2-0), which has scored 38 goals in their first two games.

Tufts scored the game's first six goals, all by different players. Hessler netted one and assisted two. Lasell junior Sam Wilcox (Norfolk, MA) and Kirwan traded man-up goals in the final 61 seconds of the first period and the Jumbos led 7-1 at the first break.

Another man-up goal by Lasell, from junior Sean Speciale (Hillsborough, NJ) at 9:10 of the second quarter, made it an 8-2 game. Hessler set up back-to-back goals by Jumbo junior Brian Donovan (St. James, NY), Wilcox scored his second goal of the game during a man-advantage at 3:34, and Tufts led 12-3 at halftime.

The Jumbos extended their lead to 20-3 early in the fourth quarter. Freshman Andrew Fiamengo (New Fairfield, CT) scored his first collegiate goal when Tufts was a man down at 8:11 of the third. Sophomore Geordie Shafer (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) tallied the first goal of his Tufts career with 41 seconds remaining in the third. Lasell freshman Dylan Gray (Bayport, NY) finished off the scoring with his first collegiate goal at 7:33 of the fourth.

Both teams used three goalies. Sophomore Steve Foglietta (Oceanside, NY) started and earned the win while playing the first half for Tufts. Junior Bryan Petillo (Holbrook, NY) played the third period and freshman Tyler Page (San Francisco, CA) finished up in the fourth, making four saves. The Jumbos finished the game with big advantages of 57-18 in shots and 46-23 in ground balls. Sophomore Nick Rhoads (McLean, VA) won 13 of 20 face-offs, leading Tufts to a 15-12 victory margin in that category. Junior Alec Bialosky (Moreland Hills, OH) picked up five ground balls and scored a goal.

Junior Eric Walsh (Weymouth, MA) started in goal for Lasell (1-3), making nine saves in the first half. Freshman Tyler Silliman (Windsor, CT) and junior Mike Kelliher (Weymouth, MA) also played. Sophomore Adam Foss (Billerica, MA) won seven face-offs and finished with three ground balls for the Lasers. Junior Nick Sampson (Londonderry, NH) led the visitors with four ground balls.

Twenty-three penalties were flagged in the game, and both teams took advantage of the man-up opportunities. Tufts connected on four of 12 extra-man chances, while Lasell was three for 10.