MEDFORD, Mass. – No. 3 Tufts University used a big second quarter to distance themselves from, and eventually beat, the fourth-ranked Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team Saturday afternoon at Bello Field. The Jumbos (9-0, 6-0 NESCAC) outscored the Cardinals (8-2, 5-1 NESCAC) 4-0 in the second quarter to build a lead that they would never give up, earning the victory by a score of 14-10. The loss marked Wesleyan's first in conference play this season.
- The first quarter was tightly contested as the teams traded goals to begin the game. Wesleyan struck first less than a minute in as Harry Stanton '18 hit a turnaround shot from the goalie's right.
- Ben Connelly immediately answered for Tufts, scoring the next two goals in a row. Stanton would score two more times in the quarter for the Cardinals and so would Jumbos' Andrew Seiter and Cam Irwin to go into the second with the score knotted at four.
- Tufts' defense in the second quarter locked down Wesleyan, allowing zero goals for the entire 15 minutes. On the other end, Garrett Samuelson, Connelly, Matt Treiber, and Frank Hattler all scored to build the Jumbos an 8-4 halftime lead.
- The teams played to a 6-6 tie in the second half with the Cardinals never getting closer than four. Tufts outscored Wesleyan 3-2 in the third quarter, only to be outscored by the visitors 4-3 in the fourth and final frame.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Three Cardinals combined for all of the team's goals with Stanton tallying four as Taylor Ghesquiere '18 and Ronan Jacoby '21 both had three. Ghesquiere also picked up an assist on the day. Cole Turpin '18 and Carter Hawthorne '19 each assisted twice and Ryan Flippin '18 and Zach Zavalick '20 both did so once. Colin Malarchuk '20 led the way with two caused turnovers and Zavalick had seven ground balls. Zavalick was also impressive on face offs, winning 12-of-21.
- Despite the lose, sophomore goalie Otto Bohan made 18 saves, stopping many that looked destined to find the back of the net. Tufts' goalie Mason Pollack played admirably for the Jumbos as well, making nine saves.
- Danny Murphy paced Tufts with seven points coming from two goals and five assists. Connelly scored four goals and Seiter had three. Treiber scored twice and picked up three assists, while Hattler had one goal and two assists. Samuelson and Irwin both scored one and Griffin Johnson recorded two assists. Connor Lansdale and Arend Broekmate each caused two turnovers on defense and Henry Hollen led the way with seven ground balls.
- The Jumbos held the advantage in shots, 45-38, and ground balls, 34-27.
- The Cardinals will look to get back on track Tuesday, April 10 for a road game against in-state rival Trinity.
- Recap courtesy of Tufts Athletic Communications -