MEDFORD – Scoring 11 goals in two games, senior co-captain Ben Connelly of the Tufts University men's lacrosse team has earned NESCAC Player of the Week recognition today.
He is the fourth different Jumbo to receive the accolade in the nine weeks that it has been given out this season. Connelly was preceded by sophomore Max Waldbaum (March 4), senior Danny Murphy (March 25) and junior Mason Pollack (last week). Bates College is the only other team in the league to win it more than once (twice).
Connelly scored a career-high seven goals in Tufts' 19-14 victory against Bates on Tuesday night at Bello Field. The Jumbos and Bobcats entered the game in a tie for first place in NESCAC with 6-1 records. The Jumbo lead was 8-7 at the half before Connelly scored five second-half goals leading to the final five-goal margin.
One of 15 Jumbos playing on Seniors Day versus Middlebury Saturday, Connelly finished with four goals and two assists. He scored three times in the fourth quarter as the Jumbos pulled away from the Panthers for a 23-14 victory.
With 11 goals and two assists, Connelly averaged 6.5 points per game for the week. His 37 goals this spring are ninth in NESCAC. He's added 16 assists to stand eighth in the overall scoring race with 53 points. He has 23 goals and 13 assists for 36 points in nine conference games.
The Jumbos can clinch the #1 seed in the conference regular-season with a win at Bowdoin College on Wednesday night.