March 26, 2011

Foglietta Still Hot, Tufts Doubles Williams

from press release

 – Defending NCAA Champion Tufts University, winners of 14 games in a row entering today's game, allowed Williams College to score the first goal of the game before netting the next six goals on their way to a 12-6 NESCAC men's lacrosse victory Saturday afternoon.

Will Stewart opened the scoring in the contest for Williams with an unassisted tally at 12:55 of the first quarter. Tufts answered Stewart's goal at 10:24 by Kevin McCormick (Laytonsville, MD), also an unassisted goal. Tufts never trailed after the goal by D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD) with 49 seconds left in the first period gave the Jumbos a 2-1 lead.

The win extends Tufts' win streak to 15, and they have wins in 25 of their last 26 games overall. The Jumbos are now 5-0 on the year and 3-0 in NESCAC. With the loss the Ephs fall to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in NESCAC.

Tufts quickly expanded their 2-1 lead after the first quarter when Sean Kirwan (Boonton Township, NJ) scored just 36 seconds into the second quarter off a feed from Hessler. Kirwin was back again to score at 3:45 to make it 4-1.

With just 45 seconds left in the second quarter, the Ephs stopped the Jumbos' skein of six unanswered goals with an unassisted tally by Evan Dedominicis.

The closest Williams would get after halftime came at 14:45 of the fourth quarter when Will Stewart scored for the second time in the contest off a pass from Michael Acierno and made the score Tufts 7-4. Unassisted scores by Ryan Malloy (Setauket, NY) and Hessler boosted the Jumbos' lead back to 5 at 9-4, and put the game out of reach of the Ephs.

On the day, Tufts goalie Steven Foglietta (Oceanside, NY) turned aside 17 of the 23 Williams shots on goal to notch the win. The Ephs Evan Cohen made 13 saves, while allowing 12 goals.

Molloy led Tufts offensively with three goals and three assists and he received strong support from Hessler, who also netted three goals and assisted on two more. Offensively, Williams was led by Stewart and Dedominicis, each scoring two goals, while Acierno added three assists.

Tufts was plus-10 in shots on the day, 43-33, and the ground balls in the game were even at 38.

The Jumbos will next see action on Monday when they host Western New England College at 3:30 pm. Next up for the Ephs is home game on Tuesday at 4:00 pm versus Endicott.

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