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Tufts 12, Bates 6

At Lewiston, ME
Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Game Box Score

Sophomore Steven Foglietta played a strong 45 minutes in goal

LEWISTON, Me. -- Sixth-ranked Tufts University, the #1 team in New England, overcame a 5-3 deficit after one quarter by outscoring the Bates College men's lacrosse team 9-1 over the final three quarters for a 12-6 NESCAC victory Thursday night at Campus Avenue Field.

Junior Matt Witko (Chappaqua, NY) scored a game-high four goals for the Jumbos, who remain undefeated at 8-0 overall and 4-0 in NESCAC play. The eight straight wins to being the season matches their start from last year. Junior D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD) scored once and handed out three assists, and both sophomore Kevin McCormick (Laytonsville, MD) and junior Ryan Molloy (Setauket, NY) scored two goals apiece.

Evan Bagley and Luke Charest scored two goals apiece for the Bobcats (4-5, 0-5 NESCAC), with Bagley adding in one assist.

Bates controlled face-offs by a 15-7 margin, but turned the ball over 33 times to Tufts' 24. The Jumbos held a slight 38-37 edge in shots.

Tufts went up 2-0 early on, but Bates scored four unanswered goals to make it 4-2. Back-to-back goals by Charest gave Bates its first lead at 3-2, and Bagley's second goal made it 4-2. Witko scored on a Hessler feed with 5:25 left in the quarter, but Bates freshman Rob Highland bumped it to 5-3 on an assist by George O'Connor.

The Jumbos evened the game 5-5 in the second quarter on goals by McCormick and Molloy. Bates sophomore Jason Hichborn scored his 10th goal of the season to give Bates the lead back at 6-5, but it would be the Bobcats' last lead of the game. Hessler fed Molloy with 4:38 left in the second quarter to make it 6-6, and the score stayed there into the intermission.

The Jumbos dominated the second half, outscoring the Bobcats 3-0 in both the third and fourth quarters.

Tufts sophomore goalie Steven Foglietta (Oceanside, NY) came on in relief of starter Bryan Petillo (Holbrook, NY) and, combined with a stifling Jumbo defense, shut the Bobcat offense down, turning back 10 shots and allowing one goal in 45 minutes of work.

Bates goalie Adam Scharff made seven saves.

Tufts hosts Trinity on Saturday at 1 pm. The Bantams stopped the Jumbos season-opening win streak last spring with an 11-9 victory. Bates plays another NESCAC game on Saturday at Connecticut College, starting at 1 pm.

Game release courtesy of Bates College.