#6 Tufts Dominates 2nd Half to Down Ducks in NCAA Tourney

MEDFORD - Tufts erased an 8-4 deficit early in the second half with a seven-goal run that paved the way to a 13-9 victory over Stevens in the NCAA second round on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.

The Jumbos (16-4) will play in the NCAA Quarterfinals next Wednesday (May 15) at RIT, which was a 22-13 winner over Cabrini in the second round on Saturday. Stevens, making its third straight NCAA appearance and ninth overall, finished at 13-5.

The Ducks out-scored Tufts 4-1 in the second quarter to lead 7-4 at halftime. The game was tied 3-3 after the first period, but a five-goal Stevens stretch from late in the first until late in the second put them ahead. Freshman Griffin Rock (Bay Shore, NJ) tallied twice during the Ducks' run and freshman Connor O'Shea (Ridgewood, NJ) assisted on two goals.

Stevens extended its lead to 8-4 5:15 into the third period on senior Rich Dupras' (Hillsborough, NJ) 40th goal of the season. However, that's where the tide turned. Jumbo junior Beau Wood (Sherwood Forest, MD) scored to start a five-goal barrage in the final 8:43 of the third for Tufts. Sophomore Cole Bailey (Millersville, MD) had three assists, sophomore Chris Schoenhut (Mil Neck, NY) scored twice, and senior defenseman Matt Callahan (Acton, MA) capped the swing by scoring with 11 seconds left in the quarter to put Tufts up 9-8.

Wood and Bailey had goals in the opening seven minutes of the fourth quarter as Tufts continued to control play, leading 11-8. O'Shea stopped the run at 7:37 for Stevens, cutting the margin to two goals (11-9). However, Tufts finished off the win with three goals in the final 4:15 including Bailey's fourth of the game with 1:18 remaining for the 14-9 finish. The Jumbos out-scored the Ducks 10-2 overall in the second half.

Junior goalie Patton Watkins (Chattanooga, TN) was outstanding in goal for the Jumbos making 16 saves. Callahan corralled six groundballs for the hosts, while senior Sam Diss (Ridgewood, NJ) added four. Bailey had a seven-point game for Tufts (4g, 3a), while Wood finished with three goals and senior Ben Saperstein (Hewlett, NY) added a goal and two assists.

Stevens, which dominated possession in the first half, received nine face-off wins from freshman Jeff Wyckoff (Summit, NJ) and eight by freshman Brett Incollingo (Yardley, PA) for the game. Defensemen Tim Culloty (Mahwah, NJ) and Brian Fahy (Eastchester, NY) led the Ducks with three groundballs apiece. Sophomore goalie Matthew Deiner (Millstone Township, NJ) made 12 saves.

Senior Harrison Dorne (Morristown, NJ) had two goals on two shots for Stevens before he had to leave the game with an injury. Dupras and Rock also scored twice for the Ducks, with Dupras adding two assists for a four-point game. O'Shea finished with a goal and two assists.

The action featured 100 shots, with Stevens holding a 55-45 advantage. Tufts won groundballs 30-25. Turnovers were close too, with the Jumbos committing 18 and the Ducks 16. Neither team scored on two extra-man opportunities.

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MEDFORD, Mass. (May 11, 2013) Stevens led host Tufts, 8-4, with just over eight minutes left in the third quarter of the NCAA Division III Second Round game, but were outscored 10-1 the rest of the way and lost 14-9on Saturday afternoon. Stevens finishes the 2013 season with a 13-5 record, while Tufts improves to 16-4 and will play RIT next Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

The Ducks fell behind, 2-0, in the first 2:37 of the game but answered back with back-to-back goals from senior Harrison Dorne (Morristown, N.J.) to tie the contest with just over five minutes remaining in the first period. Dorne's first goal came 55 seconds after the second Tufts tally off a pass from classmate Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J.). His second found the back of the net seven minutes later but Dorne was knocked out of the game due to an injury on the play.

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