|BABSON PARK, Mass. – Nationally-ranked Tufts University scored 12 unanswered goals to break the game open as the visiting Jumbos defeated host Babson College, 15-4, in a non-conference men’s lacrosse contest at MacDowell Field on Monday afternoon. With the win, Tufts, second in New England and ninth in the nation, improved to 6-0 on the spring, while Babson suffered its first defeat in four games to fall to 4-4 overall.|
Juniors Ryan Molloy (Setauket, N.Y.) and D.J. Hessler (Monkton, Md.) paced the Jumbos’ offense, with Malloy tallying four goals and three assists for a game-high seven points and Hessler tossing in two goals and four goals for six points. Senior Mike Droesch (Setauket, N.Y.) added a goal and 11 groundballs while winning 10 of 15 face-offs for Tufts, and junior Bryan Petillo (Holbrook, N.Y.) made six saves in three quarters in net to earn the win.
Senior captain Mike Saucier (Nashua, N.H.) played just under 47 minutes in net for Babson, finishing with 13 saves. Senior Shane Farrell (West Warwick, R.I.), first-year Jamie Schmidt (Shelburne, Vt.), first-year Alex Patinkin (Providence, R.I.), and first-year Michael Griffin (Duxbury, Mass.) each scored goals for the Beavers, while juniors Christian Ebert (Boxford, Mass.) and Ryan Kucinski (Cohasset, Mass.) recorded seven and five groundballs, respectively.
The Beavers played well early on, holding the Tufts’ offense to just three goals in the opening quarter while netting a pair of their own. However, the Jumbos scored five unanswered goals in each of the next two quarters and then netted two more to start the fourth to build a commanding 15-2 advantage. Babson would net the final two scores of the contest for the 15-4 final.