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Tufts 15, Skidmore 10

At Hempstead, NY
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Game Box Score

Sophomore Kevin McCormick led the Tufts comeback in the third quarter

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Trailing 6-2 after one period and 9-7 at halftime, the ninth ranked Tufts University men's lacrosse team rallied to win 15-10 against Skidmore College on Wednesday night under the lights at Hofstra University's Shuart Stadium. Coach Mike Daly's Jumbos, traveling on spring break, remain undefeated (4-0) in 2010 with the victory.

The Jumbos out-scored the Thoroughbreds 8-1 in the second half to get control of the game. Sophomore Kevin McCormick (Laytonsville, MD) scored twice and had an assist in the third quarter to give Tufts a 10-9 lead. In the fourth, Tufts got goals from five different players to put away the win. Junior goalie Bryan Petillo (Holbrook, NY), who had entered for the third quarter, made four of his six saves in the fourth.

Junior D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD) and McCormick both finished with two goals and two assists for the 'Bos, while junior Ryan Molloy (Setauket, NY) had a goal and three assists. Sophomore Sean Kirwin (Boonton Township, NJ) had three goals. Matt Levesque and Rob Lutin both had three goals for Skidmore, which dropped to 4-2.

The Thoroughbreds scored twice in the last 11 seconds of the first period to take a 6-2 advantage. Levesque and Cory Barkoff both had a pair of goals in the first 15 minutes. Tufts got the next three in a row to start the second, with a goal and an assist by Molloy, and it was 6-5. Barkoff assisted back-to-back goals by Skidmore late in the third to give them a 9-6 lead, but senior tri-captain Mike Droesch (Setauket, NY) scored with 1:10 to go until halftime to pull the Jumbos within 9-7.

Sophomore Nick Rhoads (McLean, VA) won 14 face-offs, had 10 ground balls, and scored a goal and an assist for Tufts. Junior long-stick middie Alec Bialosky (Moreland Hills, OH) scooped up six ground balls for the winners, who won that battle 49-44 overall. Tufts also had a 42-38 edge in shots.

Ryan Paradis won 12 face-offs and had 10 ground balls for Skidmore. Jacques Ward added six ground balls. Flip Bongaerts made seven saves in the Thoroughbred goal.

Tufts returns home to host a NESCAC game against Williams College on Saturday at 1 pm. Skidmore is off for a week before playing at RPI next Wednesday (Mar. 31).