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Jumbo Men's Lacrosse Edges Stevens 14-12 in Battle of National Top Five Teams
|Freshman Cole Bailey figured in five goals for Tufts
HOBOKEN, NJ – In a highly anticipated early-season matchup between two nationally ranked top-five teams, the second-ranked Tufts University men's lacrosse team defeated Stevens Institute of Technology, 14-12, at the De Baun Athletic Complex on Saturday.
Both teams entered the game unbeaten and nearly 1,000 fans stepped foot on Castle Point to catch what turned out to be a very exciting game for all 60 minutes. Nine different players scored goals to lead Tufts, including a game-high four by sophomore Beau Wood (Sherwood Forest, MD).
Wood put the first tally on the board for Tufts just over four minutes into the opening period, and then freshman Cole Bailey (Millersville, MD) netted another score 32 seconds later to own an early 2-0 lead. Stevens would respond with its first score of the contest by senior midfielder Taylor Brown (Cortland, NY), who took a pass from senior attack Kevin Rose (Garden City, NJ) at the 7:23 mark of the first quarter.
Tufts would then register two more first-period goals, less than a minute apart, at 5:52 and 5:24, to grab a 4-1 lead on senior co-captain Kevin McCormick's (Laytonsville, MD) goal. The Ducks, however, would not allow Tufts to build too much momentum and brought the flow of the game to their side with four consecutive goals over the final 3:37 of the first quarter into the opening 2:06 of the second to take a 5-4 lead.
Freshman attack Andrew Scrutchfield (Lewes, DE) cut Tufts' lead to 4-2 on an unassisted goal, and then assisted on a man-up tally by junior midfielder Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, NJ) 32 ticks later to make it a one-goal game. With 24 seconds to go in the opening 15 minutes of play, junior midfielder Harrison Dorne (Morristown, NJ) knotted the game up at 4-4 by finding the back of the net on an unassisted score to end the offense of the first quarter.
Over the next nine total goals, the game witnessed four ties and five lead changes until Tufts went up by two, 10-8, with 4:46 remaining in the third quarter.
Leading up to that point, the Ducks took their first and only lead of the game on Brown's second goal of the contest just 2:06 into the second quarter off a pass from junior midfielder Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, NJ). Tufts knotted it up at 5-5 four minutes later, before taking a 6-5 lead less than a minute after with a tally by Mark Findaro (Vienna, VA). Stevens would make the best of its next man-up chance and brought the game to a 6-6 deadlock on a tally by senior attack Alex Hofrichter (Terrance Park, OH) at the 4:59 mark. Dupras found Hofrichter for a door step goal to pick up the first of his three assists.
After the penalty was killed by the Steven score, Tufts marched right back down the field to regain the advantage at 7-6 on a goal by sophomore Peter Bowers (Contestoga, PA) and go into halftime with a one-goal lead.
As the second half got under way, the Ducks netted their third man-up score and stalemated the game at 7-7 on a goal from Philippi, assisted by Dupras with 13:10 to go in the third. As expected, Tufts took the lead back halfway through the period, only to see senior defender Matt Marks (Cortland, NY) push a clear attempt down the field and beat the Tufts goaltender with a top shelf shot, knotting the game up again, now at 8 goals apiece.
On the ensuing face-off, Nick Rhoads (McLean, VA) won the scrum, scooped up the groundball and beat Stevens' goalkeeper, senior Eric Yando (Baldwinsville, NY), to put the Jumbos back on top, 9-8, with 5:45 left in the third. Tufts would never relinquish the lead from this point on.
Tufts would scored twice more before the horn sounded the end of the third quarter and take an 11-8 lead into the final 15 minutes.
The fourth man-up goal for the Ducks was tallied by Philippi from Rose to open up the scoring in the final quarter. After the Ducks' score at 13:37, Tufts netted two more scores in 14 seconds to build their largest lead of the game, 13-9, with 13:02 left in the contest.
Stevens tried to make a late-game push with three more goals, but a Tufts score with 4:03 on the clock by Bowers was the difference-maker. Brown scored unassisted with 8:26 remaining, and then junior midfielder Brian Seldeen (Wayne, NJ) picked up his first goal of the contest at the 4:39 mark. Seldeen also picked up five groundballs.
After the Tufts score which made the game 14-11, Dorne took a pass from Dupras in the waning seconds of the game to pick up the fifth and final man-up score for Stevens.
In addition to Wood's four goals, Bowers and junior Geoff Sheasby (Mountain Lakes, NJ) both had two for the Jumbos. Bailey finished with four assists, while junior defenseman Matt Callahan (Acton, MA) collected three groundballs. Sophomore Patton Watkins (Chattanooga, TN) made 11 saves in goal for Tufts.
Brown led the Ducks offensively with three goals, while Dupras registered four points. Senior midfielder Michael Steinhauser (Boonton Township, NJ) paced the Ducks with six groundballs and won nine face-offs in 22 chances. Yando suffered the loss in cage and made five saves in 46:44 of action before giving way to freshman Matthew Deiner (Millstone Township, NY) who stopped three shots and allowed two goals in 13:16 of play.
The game lived up to the billing of two of the best Division III lacrosse teams in the country and the final statistics from the contest further clarified the excitement for this showdown. Stevens took more shots, 42 to 36, converted one more clear, 15 to 14, and capitalized on all five man-up chances in the game. Stevens also forced 21 turnovers to its 17.
Tufts, on the other hand, picked two more groundballs, 31 to 29, won five more face-offs, 17 to 12, and made three more saves, 11 to 8.
The Jumbos continue their spring break road trip with a game at #11 Stevenson on Tuesday at 7 pm. Stevens will be back on the field on March 21, when it travels to Montclair State University for a 4 pm contest.