Score: Wesleyan 17, Tufts 16
Records: Wesleyan (13-1, 8-1 NESCAC); Tufts (11-3, 6-3 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn.
Date: Saturday, April 22
Time: 1 p.m.
The Lead: Junior Harry Stanton of the ninth-ranked Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team helped lead a thrilling comeback victory over No. 3 Tufts University Saturday afternoon on Jackson Field, while senior Tom Dupont scored the game-winning goal with just :19 remaining on the clock to give the Cardinals the 17-16 win. Stanton tied a program record with eight goals – four in the final 15 minutes of play – as the Cardinals earned the incredible come-from-behind win in their final regular season home game of the season.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan got on the board first just 47 seconds into play as Cole Turpin '18 took advantage of a man-up situation. However, Tufts responded with a 3-0 run in just over two minutes.
- Tom Dupont '17 cut the deficit to one at the 7:31 mark, but the Jumbos scored 14 seconds later. Both teams exchanged goals in the final five minutes as Tufts held a 5-3 lead after one.
- The second quarter began exactly the same way the first did with a man-up goal from Turpin, followed by a 3-0 Jumbo run to give the visitor's an 8-4 lead.
- After the teams went back-and-forth with a goal each, Tufts entered the break with a 9-5 halftime lead.
- Danny Murphy led all players in the first half with three goals and an assist for the Jumbos, while Turpin led the Cardinals with two goals.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The third quarter featured a lot of back-and-forth play as Wesleyan found itself down 12-8 with 9:43 remaining on the clock. However, the Cardinals rallied down the stretch and scored three unanswered goals to close out the third and cut the deficit to one entering the fourth quarter, 12-11.
- The final 15 minutes of action featured a total of 10 goals.
- Ahead 13-12 with 13:51 on the clock, Tufts received goals from Zach Richman and Frank Hattler to go up three with 10:55 remaining in regulation.
- Wesleyan responded with three consecutive goals from Stanton, including two man-up scores at the 9:47 and 7:47 marks, to even the game at 15-15. It was the first time the game was tied since the 12:18 mark of the first quarter.
- Hattler put Tufts back on top with 6:10 to play, but Stanton knotted the game at 16-16 with 2:32 remaining on the clock.
- Shortly after, Dupont sent one into the back of the net, past goalie Robert Treiber, for the game-winner with just :19 left to play. The Cardinals won the ensuing faceoff and ran out the clock to seal the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Stanton finished with an incredible 10 points on eight goals and two assists. The eight goals tie the program record set by Bruce McKenna '84 in 1984. Additionally, Dupont and Christian Barker '19 each finished with two goals and two assists, while freshman Zach Zavalick had an incredible game on face-offs and finished with a game-high 11 ground balls. Senior goalie Ted Bergman made 11 saves in net for his 13th win of the season.
- Tufts was led by Murphy and Hattler as they finished with five and four goals, respectively. They also dished out two assists each, while Henry Hollen pulled in a team-high seven ground balls. Ben Shmerler started in net and made 11 saves in the first half, while Treiber earned the nod in the second half and was credited with the loss.
- Wesleyan won an incredible 23-of-35 face-offs and held a 44-35 advantage in ground balls. The Cardinals also scored five man-up goals.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- With the win Saturday, Wesleyan set a program record with 13 consecutive wins. The prior record was 12, which was set in 2001.
- Stanton moved up to No. 6 on the Cardinals' all-time scoring list and now has 176 career points. His 132 career goals are second to only John Landay '01 who scored 186.
- Prior to the start of today's game, Wesleyan honored its 10-member senior class – Hank Barrett, Grey Bradshaw-Mack, Dupont, Jason Gibson, Gus Greenberg, Evan Isaacs, Brendan O'Brien, and senior captains Bergman, Cory Ekstrom and Quinn Mendelson.
- In the past four seasons, the 2017 class has amassed a 44-18 record-to-date and qualified for the NESCAC Tournament every year.
- Wesleyan wraps up the 2017 regular season Wednesday, April 26 at Connecticut College. The game is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.