No. 9 Tufts Wins Slugfest Over No. 15 Endicott

MEDFORD - Senior Beau Wood scored five goals with an assist and junior Cole Bailey added four goals with three assists as the #9 Tufts lacrosse team defeated #15 Endicott 18-13 Tuesday night under the lights at Bello Field.

The Jumbos (9-2) used a seven-goal run from late in the first quarter well into the second to take a lead they would not relinquish. Sophomore Conor Helfrich won 19 of 29 face-offs for the hosts.

Endicott (9-3), who got as close as 16-13 with four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter, was led by five goals from junior Harrison Cotter and three by classmate Jeremy Morgan.

The visiting Gulls had their only lead of the game at 2-1 with 2:47 remaining in the first quarter as Cotter tallied both goals. The Jumbos scored the next seven, three by Bailey, to go ahead 8-2 at the 6:51 mark of the second.

Endicott's Morgan and Joshua Tordik sandwiched a goal by Jumbo Peter Gill in the final 2:30 of the first half and it was 9-4 Tufts at intermission. The Jumbos out-scored the Gulls 7-2 in the second period.

The Jumbos would keep a comfortable margin throughout the third period as Wood scored the first two goals of the second half and had another at 6:15 putting Tufts into a 12-5 advantage. However, Morgan scored twice in the last four minutes for EC including a goal with less than a second remaining in the third pulling the Gulls within 13-7.

Tufts extended its lead to 15-7 on scores by senior Jack McDermott right after a face-off and a man-up goal by junior Chris Schoenhut. However, Endicott would score six times in the next 6:43 of play including two goals each by Cotter and junior Kyle Weber to close the gap to three with 6:01 on the clock.

With their lead cut to 16-13, the Jumbos were able to stop the Gulls' run with a goal by sophomore John Uppgren at 4:09 and then Wood's unassisted tally at 2:26.

The action was fast and furious with a total of 109 shots, 59 by Tufts. The Jumbos also had an advantage on groundballs, 39-27. They were excellent on clears at 19 for 20.

Senior Patton Watkins made 13 saves in the Tufts goal for the win. Senior Kane Delaney grabbed four groundballs, while both Chris Sawyer and Blake Wood had two groundballs and two caused turnovers.

Sophomore Cameron Bell made 14 saves in the Endicott net. Senior Breck Merritt was strong defensively causing three turnovers. Freshman Colin Bannon finished with five groundballs.

2014-04-08



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