March 19, 2011

No. 1 Tufts Dumps Colby, Stevenson Next

from press release

- Juniors Kevin McCormick (Laytonsville, MD) and Sean Kirwan (Boonton Township, NJ) scored five goals each as the #1 ranked Tufts men's lacrosse team earned a 14-9 victory over Colby College in a NESCAC game at Bello Field on Saturday afternoon.

Colby scored the game's first goal at 13:44 of the first quarter by sophomore Ian Deveau (Portsmouth, RI). However, McCormick had the next two to start a four-goal Jumbo run and the hosts never trailed again while improving to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the league. Deveau led Colby (2-1, 1-1 NESCAC) with five points on four goals and an assist.

Sophomore Greg McKillop's (Washington, DC) goal at 3:07 of the second quarter pulled the Mules within 4-2, but the Jumbos scored four times in the final 2:36 to lead 8-2 at the half. McCormick finished off his four-goal half with two during that stretch, while junior Jordan Korinis (Ridgewood, NJ) assisted on two of the goals.

Deveau and classmate John Jennings (Danvers, MA) both scored twice and had an assist for the Mules in the third period as the visitors closed the gap to 10-6. However, McCormick and senior Ryan Molloy (Setauket, NY) scored 13 seconds apart early in the fourth quarter to put the Jumbos up 12-6. Kirwan helped the Jumbos maintain their comfortable lead with two goals in the final 7:10 of play.

Colby had an advantage in possession during the game, as senior tri-captain Craig Bunker (Topsfield, MA) won 18 of 26 face-offs. The Mules attempted 48 shots, but 27 were off-target and Jumbo junior goalie Steven Foglietta (Oceanside, NY) was excellent with 12 saves.

Both teams were effective in man-up situations. Tufts finished three for six, with all three of its man-advantage goals coming in the second quarter. Colby had two man-up tallies in six attempts.

Molloy joined McCormick and Kirwan in recording five-point games for Tufts with three goals and two assists. Senior Alec Bialosky (Moreland Hills, OH) had a strong game with six ground balls, while sophomore defenseman John Heard (Greenwich, CT) scooped up four.

Jennings finished with three goals and an assist for Colby. The Mules won the ground ball battle 38-33, with senior tri-captain Chris Healy (New Canaan, CT) collecting eight and junior Brendan Moriarty (New Fairfield, CT) getting six. Freshman Peter Reiley (Marblehead, MA) stopped eight shots in goal.

Tufts travels to Stevenson for a showdown between the #1 and #2 teams in the USILA poll on Tuesday at 4 pm. Colby is at St. Lawrence on Tuesday for a 3:30 pm start.

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