Bates vs. Tufts
April 19, 2008
The Game Story:
LEWISTON, Me. -- The Tufts University men's lacrosse team outscored Bates College 8-3 over the middle two periods en route to a 16-10 NESCAC victory Saturday at Campus Avenue Field. The Jumbos raised their overall record to 8-4, 5-2 in the NESCAC, while Bates fell to 2-5 in conference, 3-8 overall.

First-year attack D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD) had four goals and two assists, while senior Matt Caple (Wellesley, MA) had four goals and one assist and junior Clem McNally (Far Hills, NJ) also tallied four goals to lead the Jumbos' offense. Senior Connor Ginsberg (New Haven, CT) dished out three assists. Junior Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD) came up with 15 saves, including 10 in the second half to stymie the Bobcats' attempts at a comeback.

Bates senior attack Bryan Frates (Woodstock, VT) had three goals and three assists to lead Bates' attack, notching career highs in goals and points. Senior Brent Morin (Hanover, NH) scored three goals. Senior Mike Medeiros (Concord, MA) added a goal and two assists and sophomore David Barrett (Chatham, NJ) added a goal and an assist.

Sophomore Mike Droesch (Setauket, NY) won 17 of 30 face-offs for Tufts and scooped a team-high 13 ground balls.

The teams traded goals throughout the first period, and Barrett's man-up goal at the start of the second period tied the game for Bates at 5-5. But the Jumbos took the lead for good on an unassisted tally by Caple with 12:14 left in the second quarter, which started a decisive 5-0 run for Tufts, during which time Caple and Hessler had a goal and an assist apiece.

Medeiros scored on a feed by senior Craig Blake (Ballston Lake, NY) to close the gap to four for the last time, at 10-6, but Ginsberg assisted on two straight scores for Tufts to put the Jumbos in control at 12-6 with 2:46 left in the third period.

Tufts plays its final home game of the regular season under the lights at Bello Field on Tuesday against Amherst (7 pm start). Bates will play at Bowdoin Tuesday at 7 pm.