March 17, 2009

No. 19 Tufts Upends No. 11 Haverford

from press release

HAVERFORD, Pa. - In another battle between ranked teams at Swan Field, the No. 11 Haverford College men's lacrosse team lost to No. 16 Tufts University, 13-10, on Tuesday afternoon. The Jumbos built an early three-goal lead that Haverford could not rebound from.

The two teams were pretty evenly matched in all the stat categories; it was just the three-goal deficit that Haverford (4-2) faced in the first quarter that was the difference.

Tufts (4-0) got on the board with two goals less than three minutes a part early in the opening period from Clem McNally and Ryan Malloy. The Jumbos scored again at the 6:25 mark before HC finally got on the board on a Max Hjelm goal with2:43 remaining. McNally and D.J. Hessler scored before the quarter ended for a 5-1 Jumbos lead.

Both teams traded goals to open the second period, but Haverford made a run to get within two goals before halftime as Brian Fleishhacker scored two goals just over a minute a part on assists from Hjelm and Zack Cohen to make the score 6-4 at the half.

The Fords kept their streak going in the third period as Travis Gregory fed Phillip Valliant to make it a one-goal game. The game went scoreless for nearly seven minutes until the Jumbos went on a run that broke the game open. Tufts scored five straight goals starting at the 3:59 mark of the third period and ending at 12:08 in the fourth. Hessler netted three of those goals to make the score 11-5.

Valliant broke the string of bad luck for Haverford, scoring with 7:03 remaining on an assist from Cohen. Tufts answered right back 11 seconds later and then again 40 seconds after the second goal. HC continued to play hard until the final buzzer, scoring four times in the final 5:32, but it was not enough in the end.

Hjelm led the Fords with four goals while Fleishhacker added two. Cohen set up his teammates well with four assists on the day.

Tufts was led by Hessler's five goals. Molloy netted two goals and two assists.

Joe Banno made 10 saves for Haverford in 56 minutes in goal while Jumbo's goalkeeper Matt Harrigan made nine stops.

Haverford travels to Alexandria, Va. on Saturday to face Hampden-Sydney College at 2 p.m.

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