Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Schedule & Results
WITKO'S FOUR INCLUDING GAME-WINNER LEAD #9 JUMBOS
OVER WILLIAMS, 10-9
COLLEGE MEN'S LACROSSE FINAL SCORE
Tufts 10, Williams 9
At Medford, MA
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Game Box Score
|Junior Matt Witko scored the game-winner
with 5:58 left in the fourth
MEDFORD -- Junior Matt Witko (Chappaqua, NY)
scored four goals, including the game-winner with 5:58 remaining in
the fourth quarter to decide an outstanding NESCAC men's lacrosse
game in favor of ninth-ranked Tufts over Williams by a 10-9 score on
a brisk Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
Tufts remained undefeated (5-0, 3-0 NESCAC) with
their second straight 10-9 win in NESCAC, including last Saturday's
final at Colby. The Jumbos never trailed against Williams (3-2, 2-1
NESCAC), but they never led by more than two goals. Junior D.J.
Hessler (Monkton, MD) added three goals to the Tufts attack,
while senior co-captain Richard Reuter (Ridgewood, NJ) finished with
two goals and two assists for Williams.
The hosts led 2-1 after one quarter, and pushed the
lead to 4-2 on Hessler's first at 7:50 of the second quarter. The
Ephs tied it at 4-4 with back-to-back goals, including Reuter's on a
man-up situation at 2:27. Tufts senior tri-captain Mike Droesch
(Setauket, NY) scored with 58 seconds remaining until halftime
to put the Jumbos up 5-4 at intermission.
Hessler, who won last week's game at Colby with a
man-down goal, scored another to put Tufts up 6-4 early in the
third. Williams came back to tie it again, with junior Corey Jacobs
(Somers, CT) scoring his second of the game at 6:21 for a 6-6
deadlock. The Jumbos hit back, netting the next two as senior
Jamie Atkins (Concord, MA) scored and assisted for an 8-6 lead
at the end of three.
After Tufts went up 9-7 on Hessler's goal at 11:55
of the fourth, Williams junior Matt Cranshaw (Atlanta, GA) set up
consecutive goals by Reuter and Mike Ryan (Darien, CT) making in 9-9
at the 10:07 mark. Witko's game winner at 5:58 stood up after Tufts
junior goalie Bryan Petillo (Holbrook, NY) made three key
saves in the close minutes.
Petillo finished with 14 saves, as did Williams
senior goalie Stephen Vrla (Paradise Valley, AZ). The evenly matched
contest was further proved by the final statistics. The shots were
even at 35-35, Tufts held a slim 39-36 edge in ground balls, and
face-off wins favored Williams 12-9. Both team scored twice on
extra-man opportunities, with Williams getting seven chances and
Jumbo senior defenseman Eytan Saperstein
(Hewlett, NY) had five ground balls, including one that led to
Hessler's man-down score. Freshman Ryan Jorgenson (Ridgewood, NJ)
won four out of seven face-offs in spot duty. Williams junior
Tommy Murray (Alexandria, VA) collected five ground balls, while
Jacobs was 12 for 20 on face-offs.
With Connecticut College's 8-7 win over Middlebury
today, the Camels joined the Jumbos as the only unbeaten teams in
NESCAC. Tufts is back at it on Monday at Babson, while
Williams next travels to Endicott for a Tuesday afternoon contest.