Men's Lacrosse Overcomes Slow Start for 22-8 Victory Against Western New England

MEDFORD - Trailing 5-4 after one quarter, the second-ranked Tufts University men's lacrosse team outscored visiting Western New England University 14-1 in the middle two periods and ran off with a 22-8 victory in non-league action Tuesday afternoon at Bello Field.

Sophomore Nick Katz now has 10 goals for the Jumbos

The Jumbos (8-0) once again had more than 10 players score goals in the game as 13 tallied led by four from sophomore Nick Katz. Sophomore Henry Hollen continued to dominate on face-offs, winning 18 of 26 to improve to a .602 percentage (123-204) for the season.

Western New England remained winless (0-8) against a tough schedule. The Golden Bears were led today by two goals and three assists from senior Keegan Dudeck.

After Tufts took an early 2-0 lead, Western New England scored five times in the final 12 minutes of the first quarter to lead 5-4. Junior Nicholas Beauchamp scored twice and Dudeck had a goal and two assists during that span. However, the Golden Bears would score just three more goals in the game.

The Jumbos ran off six in a row in the second quarter to lead 10-5 when senior Lucas Johnson tallied unassisted at 7:28 of the second. Sophomore Danny Murphy had a goal and three assists and senior Zach Richman scored twice for Tufts during the game-changing run.

Western's Frank Medlicott broke a 12-minute scoring drought by the visitors with a man-up goal pulling the Golden Bears within 10-6 at 5:23 of the second. However, the Jumbos netted eight straight goals over the next 20 minutes, including three by Katz and a face-off win and goal by Hollen. Tufts led 18-6 at the end of three.

WNE recorded the first two goals of the fourth as Dudeck scored and assisted on Liam Baker's tally. The Jumbos finished with the game's last four goals, including the first two of freshman Christopher Williams' career and the first career goal by freshman longstick Jack Donohue.

Tufts more than doubled Western New England in shot attempts, 65-27. The Jumbos also had sizable advantages of 33-20 in groundballs and 20-14 in face-off wins.

Murphy led Tufts with six points (goal, five assists) and Richman finished with three goals and an assist. Senior co-captain Tyler Olney caused three turnovers while grabbing two groundballs. The Jumbos forced the Golden Bears into an 18 for 29 performance on clears.

Tufts again split up their goaltending chores, with senior Robert Treiber playing the second half and allowing just two goals while making six saves in 26:50 of action. WNE junior goalie Steve Kerr played the whole game and made 14 stops.

Kerr had four groundballs and freshman Oskar Djusberg won all five of the face-offs he took, picked up two groundballs and caused a turnover for the visitors.

Tufts travels to Connecticut College for NESCAC action on Saturday at 1 p.m. Western New England plays again tomorrow at Gordon in their Commonwealth Coast Conference opener at 7 p.m.