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Tufts 14, Wesleyan (CT) 11

At Middletown, CT
Saturday, April 3, 2010

Game Box Score

Junior Alec Bialosky scored during a key five-goal run for the Jumbos

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Tufts University, ranked sixth nationally in Division III, scored five unanswered goals in a span of just 4:21 late in the third period, breaking a 7-7 tie with Wesleyan University, and went on to claim a 14-11 NESCAC road victory Saturday afternoon. Tufts avenged a 14-10 loss to Wesleyan the last time the squads met in Middlebury, Vermont last May in the NESCAC tournament title game.

Tufts trailed only once in the game, 1-0, before moving ahead 5-2. Wesleyan battled back to tie it 5-5, 6-6 and 7-7 before the decisive Jumbo run that made it 12-7 heading into the final 15 minutes. Junior D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD), who finished the game with three goals for Tufts, used a run from behind the net to score at the 5:18 mark of the third period to give Tufts the lead for good. That ignited the 5-0 Jumbo stretch as junior Matt Witko (Chappaqua, NY) added an unassisted tally at 3:57, followed by the third goal of the game by junior Ryan Molloy (Setauket, NY) at 2:20. He caught a swift pass from sophomore Sean Kirwan (Boonton Township, NJ) on the right side and put it home. Long-pole junior Alec Biolsky (Moreland, OH) netted the next Jumbo goal just 15 seconds later and the flurry ended on Witko�s second goal with :57 remaining in the frame.

The Cardinals outscored the Jumbos 4-2 in the final period, but never got closer than three goals, the final margin. Wesleyan was led by the three-goal effort of senior Lonny Blumenthal while long-pole junior Gabe Kelley scoring twice along with sophomores John Froats and Teddy Citrin.

In addition to his three goals, Hessler added four assists for a seven-point afternoon, bringing his team-high season totals to 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points. Kirwan had two goals along with his assist for three Jumbo points.

Both teams will be in mid-week NESCAC action for their next outings as Tufts visits Bates Tuesday (Apr. 6), while Wesleyan travels to Trinity Wednesday (Apr. 7).

Game release courtesy of Wesleyan University.