MEDFORD - Senior co-captain John Uppgren became the Tufts men's lacrosse program's all-time leading scorer as the Jumbos exploded offensively in a 24-12 NESCAC win over Connecticut College at Bello Field Saturday.
|Freshman defenseman Arend Broekmate scored one of Tufts' eight fourth-quarter goals|
Uppgren led five Jumbos who scored four or more points in the game with five goals and three assists. He now has 327 career points (187 goals, 140 assists), passing the 321 points D.J. Hessler scored from 2008-11.
Playing just their second home game of the season, #3 Tufts improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in NESCAC. Senior Kyle Howard-Johnson tallied two goals with three assists, junior Zach Richman scored four goals, senior Garrett Clarke added three goals with an assist, and senior co-captain Ben Andreycak finished with two and two as the Jumbos had their biggest scoring output of the year.
Connecticut College (5-4, 1-3 NESCAC) lost for the first time in three games. Senior Derek Bertolini led the Camels with five points on two goals and three assists. Junior Max King and freshman Jordan Foster both tallied three goals with an assist.
The visiting Camels had a brief 2-1 lead in the first period when freshman Pierce DellaFera scored at 11:18. However, Tufts netted five in a row with Uppgren and senior Jake Gillespie both scoring two apiece. Uppgren's goal at 3:10 of the first, set up by Clarke to give Tufts a 5-2 lead, was the record-breaker.
With Foster's man-up goal late in the first and a face-off win and goal by sophomore Ben Parens early in the second, Connecticut College was within 7-4. Uppgren and Richman scored barely a minute apart also early in the second quarter, but PJ Kelleher's goal at 2:13 had the visitors within 9-5 at halftime.
The teams combined for 12 goals in the third period with Tufts opening a six-goal lead (16-10) by scoring seven of them. Nine Jumbos scored points in the period led by two goals and an assist from Howard-Johnson. They were up 15-7 on Austin Carbone's man-up goal at 7:18, but the Camels ran off the next three. Bertolini scored two and assisted the other as the Camels closed to 15-10.
The Jumbos would scored nine of the last 11 goals in the game to pull away. Included in that stretch were the first career goals by freshmen Arend Broekmate and Danny Murphy. Tufts scored eight times in the fourth, their best quarter of the game.
Senior Alex Salazar started in goal for Tufts and made seven saves in 53:15 of action to earn the win. Freshman Ben Shmerler made four saves in relief. Defensemen Tyler Carbone and Tyler Olney both caused two turnovers while Olney scooped up three groundballs. Gillespie had two goals with an assist and three groundballs for the hosts. Senior Conor Helfrich earned 14 face-off wins while junior Tucker Mathers added seven.
Senior Bobby Bleistein stopped nine shots in nearly 46 minutes of action in goal for the Camels. Senior Penn Sednaoul caused two turnovers and also scored a goal. Junior Alex Calabro scooped up five groundballs.
Tufts out-shot Connecticut College 53-38, but groundballs were relatively close at 31-27 Jumbos. Face-offs were nearly even with 21 wins for Tufts and 19 for the Camels. Both teams scored two man-up goals.
The Jumbos are at Williams next on Wednesday at 4:30 pm. The Camels host Trinity in conference play that day at 7 pm.