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Tufts 13, WNEC 10

At Springfield, MA
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Game Box Score

Sophomore Kevin McCormick scored the go-ahead goal in the third quarter

SPRINGFIELD -- Junior attacker D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD) scored three goals with an assist and sophomore attacker Sean Kirwan (Boonton Township, NJ) also netted three goals as #6 Tufts remained undefeated with a hard-earned 13-10 non-conference victory over Western New England College Tuesday evening.

The Jumbos improved their record to 10-0, both the best start and longest winning streak in the 80-year history of Tufts lacrosse. The Golden Bears drop to 8-5.

Junior midfielder Matt Witko (Chappaqua, NY) added two goals and an assist for the visitors while sophomore midfielder Kevin McCormick (Laytonsville, MD) scored twice. Junior attacker Ryan Molloy (Setauket, NY) chipped in with a goal and two assists.

Sophomore goalie Steven Foglietta (Oceanside, NY) finished with 12 saves, seven coming in the opening period as the teams battled to a 3-3 tie. Western New England College scored the last three goals of the second period to take a 7-6 lead at the break.

Junior midfielder Mike Santare (South Salem, NY) gave the Golden Bears its largest lead at 8-6 with his fourth goal of the game just 1:52 into the third stanza. Tufts answered with three straight goals, including back-to-back scores by Witko that tied the contest at 8-8 with 5:51 remaining in the period. McCormick then put ahead for good with a goal at the 3:55 mark.

Junior middie Tom Butterfield-Bragg (Bath, ME) scored to give the visitors a 10-8 advantage with 2:24 left in the quarter. WNEC came back pulling within 10-9 when senior attacker Tim Santye (Skillman, NJ) scored with 10:10 left in the game. Senior midfielder Doug DiSesa (Wynnewood, PA) answered for Tufts with 6:51 remaining before freshman attacker Corrigan Harreys (Essex, CT) made it a one-goal game again at the 5:12 mark.

Tufts pulled away in the final four minutes as Hessler notched a big insurance goal with 4:04 remaining and Kirwan netted the final goal with 58 seconds left.

Sophomore midfielder Patrick White (Milton, MA) contributed a goal and two assists for the Golden Bears while junior midfielder Marty O'Brien (West Springfield, MA) and freshman midfielder Corey Johnson (Maybrook, NY) each had a goal and assist.

Sophomore goalie Brewster Knowlton (Somers, CT) compiled 15 saves for the Golden Bears in a nice performance. Sophomore midfielder Joe Martin (Springfield, MA) won 15 of 27 face-offs while senior defender Nick Zaleski (Somers, CT) picked-up 11 ground balls.

Tufts sophomore midfielder Nick Rhoads (McLean, VA) also compiled 11 ground balls.

Tufts travels to Connecticut College on Saturday for a NESCAC showdown against the Camels (11-0, 6-0 NESCAC). The Golden Bears play a Commonwealth Coast Conference game on Saturday at New England College.

Game release courtesy of Western New England College.