April 10, 2012

No. 7 Tufts Gets Revenge on Endicott

from press release

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Away from home since March 23, the No. 7 Tufts men's lacrosse team returned to Bello Field on Tuesday night and earned an 11-5 victory against Endicott College in non-conference action. Sophomore Beau Wood (Sherwood Forest, MD) led seven Jumbos who scored goals with three.

Last season, Endicott had stopped a 19-game Tufts winning streak with a 9-8 win in Beverly. On Tuesday night, it looked like it would be another tight game early on as the Jumbos came out of the first period leading 2-1. However, the hosts out-scored the Gulls 3-1 in the second and then 6-2 in the third to pull away.

Tufts senior co-captain Sean Kirwan (Boonton Township, NJ), seeing his first action this season after netting 66 goals in 2011, scored on a man-up situation to give the Jumbos a 2-1 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the first period. Endicott senior Brendan Eppley (Darien, CT), who had scored the first Gulls' goal in the first quarter, assisted a Harry Holden (Duxbury, MA) goal at 12:01 of the second quarter to pull Endicott within 3-2.

The Jumbos dominated from there, scoring seven of the next eight goals. Wood and freshman Cole Bailey (Millersville, MD) had two apiece during the stretch and Tufts led 10-3 at the 5:43 mark of the third quarter. The Gulls scored two of the final three, by freshman Kyle Weber (West Hartford, CT) and senior Connor Prescott (Norwalk, CT).

Tufts pressured Endicott into 10 turnovers on clear attempts, including five in eight tries during the third quarter. The Gulls finished just 17 for 27 on clears.

Bailey had a pair of goals and assists to finish as the team-high scorer with four points. Senior co-captain Kevin McCormick(Laytonsville, MD) tallied twice. Defensively, junior Matt Callahan (Acton, MA) caused two turnovers and classmate Sam Gardner(Chelmsford, MA) had three groundballs. Sophomore Patton Watkins (Chattanooga, TN), one of three Tufts goalies to play in the game, made five saves in 52:53 of action for the win.

Eppley's two goals and two assists led Endicott. Senior Sam Ozycz (Cheshire, CT) won 11 face-offs for the visitors, while junior Kyle Burke (Haverhill, MA) caused three turnovers. Sophomore Breck Merritt (Weston, MA) finished with three groundballs. Junior Tom Burke (Sudbury, MA) took the loss in goal, making seven saves in 36:15 of play.

The Jumbos finished with a 47-31 advantage in shots, and 31-23 in groundballs.

Tufts (9-2), winners of four straight, host Amherst in NESCAC action on Saturday at 1 pm. Endicott (7-5), which lost for the first time in three games, plays at Roger Williams on Saturday at 3:30 pm.

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