MEDFORD – The Tufts University men's lacrosse team won its ninth NESCAC championship at Bello Field over the weekend in dramatic fashion. Sophomore Max Waldbaum was right in the middle of it and has earned the NESCAC Player of the Week award for the second time this season.
Tufts (17-1) won both its semifinal game against Middlebury College and the championship game versus Williams College in overtime. On Saturday against the Panthers Tufts came back from down 13-8 late in the third quarter to win 14-13 in overtime. On Sunday versus the Ephs the Jumbos never trailed, but had to survive a late Williams comeback to win 17-16 in overtime.
Waldbaum scored both overtime game-winning goals for the Jumbos, who won NESCAC's for the second year in a row. The semifinal winner came with just six seconds left in the extra period and in the final his goal at 2:05 of OT was his 60th of the season.
In the two games Waldbaum tallied six goals and one assist for Tufts. He tied for the team lead with three goals in each game.
This is the fourth NESCAC Player of the Week honor won by a Jumbo this season. Waldbaum was the first recipient on March 4 followed by senior co-captain Danny Murphy (Mar. 25), junior goalie Mason Pollack (April 15) and senior co-captain Ben Connelly (Apr. 22). The Jumbos have won the award three times in the last four weeks as the NESCAC season headed down the stretch.
A tough 6'2", 225-pound attackman who battles for position in front of the goal, Waldbaum's 60 goals this spring is second in NESCAC. He's put the most shots on goal in the league with 103.
Head coach Casey D'Annolfo's Jumbos received the #1 seed in the north for the NCAA Tournament. They will open NCAA's on Wednesday against either New England College or Norwich.