MEDFORD - The 2017 Tufts University men's lacrosse team became the first in Jumbo history to start a season 11-0 after defeating Hamilton College, 18-6, in a NESCAC game played on Seniors Day at Bello Field Saturday.
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Sophomore Danny Murphy led Tufts with five goals and four assists, including four goals and two assists during a monster 11-0 run which extended from late in the first quarter until late in the second and put the hosts up 13-1.
With 11 straight victories to start the season, the 2017 Tufts team surpassed the 10-0 starts recorded by the 2015 and 2010 Jumbo squads.
The Jumbos once again spread the offense around as 12 players scored goals including two by long-stick middie Tyler Carbone, one of 11 Tufts seniors honored in a ceremony after the game. Freshmen Jack Carbonari and Evan Kulpan scored their first career goals.
Sophomore Clay McCollum and senior J.D. Brachman both scored twice for Hamilton, which lost its third in a row to drop to 3-8 overall and 1-6 in the league.
The visiting Continentals slowed down the pace early and it was working as the high-powered Jumbos led only 2-1 with three minutes remaining in the first quarter. However, Tufts senior Lucas Johnson scored at 1:55 of the first to initiate the run that would produce 11 goals over the next 15 minutes of play.
During that span, 13 Jumbos scored points with only senior Michael Mattson joining Murphy as a multiple-point scorer (goal and assist). The run included both a man-up goal by junior Frank Hattler and a man-down score by sophomore Arend Broekmate. Junior Zach Lesko, who recently returned to the line-up after an injury, netted his first goal of the season as well.
The Continentals did get the last goal of the half by Brachman on a man-advantage and the game went to halftime with Tufts up 13-2.
Carbone, who had tallied the 11th goal of Tufts' run at 1:47 of the second quarter, opened the scoring in the third quarter at 14:44. After 10 goals had been scored in the second, only two were added in the third quarter including by Hamilton's Chad Morse at 8:51. The Tufts lead was 14-3 heading into the fourth.
Like Lesko, Jumbo junior Jake Geppert also scored his first goal after recently returning from an injury. His tally at 13:56 of the fourth gave Tufts its largest lead at 16-3.
The Continentals would score three times in the final eight minutes as McCollum, Brachman and freshman Henry Hunt all capitalized.
Tufts finished with advantages of 48-32 in shots and 36-23 in groundballs. The Jumbos forced 16 of the Continentals' 32 turnovers, including two by senior Tucker Mathers. Though face-offs were an even 13-13 at the end, Tufts sophomore Henry Hollen had all of their wins in 19 attempts. The Jumbos again played three goalies who combined for 12 saves, with sophomore Ben Shmerler (four saves) earning the win.
Hamilton senior goalie John Schisler entered in the second quarter and made 14 saves in 37 minutes of action. Senior Connor Crutchfield scooped up four groundballs and junior Matt Greene had three. Morse finished with a goal and an assist.
Tufts is off all week until traveling to play at Amherst College next Saturday. Hamilton hosts Williams College in conference play on Tuesday at 6 p.m.