MEDFORD - Sophomore Danny Murphy totaled six goals with two assists as the #2 Tufts University men's lacrosse team improved to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in NESCAC with a 22-13 win over Williams College Wednesday afternoon at Bello Field.
|Danny Murphy had his second-best point output of 2017 with eight|
With the 10-0 record, Tufts matched the 2015 and 2010 Jumbo teams for the best start in program history. They'll have an opportunity to break the record on Saturday when they host Hamilton College at Bello starting at 1 p.m.
After winning their first four games, the Ephs lost for the fourth time in their last five games today to drop to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the league. Senior tri-captain Michael Fahey led the visitors with four goals and one assist for five points, while sophomore face-off man Angus O'Rourke had 20 for 32 success.
Tufts left little doubt about this one. After Eph freshman Kevin Stump scored at 7:58 of the first quarter to pull the guests within 2-1, Tufts scored 11 of the next 13 goals to lead 13-3 early in the third quarter. They had gone to halftime ahead 11-3.
Ten different Jumbos had points as they opened their 10-goal lead early in the third quarter, led by four goals and two assists from Murphy. He scored the first two goals of the second half a minute apart.
Williams netted the next two goals within 11 seconds of each other. Freshman Brendan Hoffman talied at 11:54 and Tufts was assessed a penalty after the goal. With no face-off, Williams came down and scored again as Fahey connected to draw the Ephs within 13-5 with a ton of time left.
The teams would trade goals twice, with Williams freshman John Hincks bringing them back within eight at 15-7 with 7:10 remaining on the third-quarter clock. However, Tufts had five of the next six to open up their biggest lead of the game, 20-8, after a goal by junior Nico Pollack at 9:22 of the fourth quarter.
As Tufts emptied its bench, Williams scored four of the last five goals for the 22-13 final.
The Jumbo defense caused 12 of Williams' 22 turnovers, led by three CTs from junior Connor Lansdale. Senior Tyler Olney and sophomore Arend Broekmate both had two. The Jumbos played three goalies who combined for 16 saves, with starter Ben Shmerler and Robert Treiber both making seven.
Seniors Zach Richman and Michael Mattson both scored three times for Tufts, who took 62 shots in a game that saw 115 attempts overall (53 by Williams). Fourteen players scored points overall for the Jumbos.
Stump finished with two goals and two assists for Williams, who earned a slight 24-22 advantage in groundballs. The Ephs were three for seven on extra-man chances. Freshman goalie George Peele stopped 14 shots and senior defenseman Riley Hoffman scored a goal and caused two turnovers.
Williams is in the midst of a six-game stretch away from home. They play at Wesleyan on Saturday at 1 p.m.