| MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury used eight different goal scorers on
its way to the team's third consecutive NESCAC Championship. The three-time
defending NCAA Champions will make their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance
when the pairings are announced on Sunday night. Tufts ends its season at
Following a scoreless 6:14, Middlebury ran off four straight goals
in a 2:42 span to take a 4-0 first quarter lead. Tufts answered with a pair
in the final 3:53 of the quarter to make it a 4-2 contest. The lead grew to
6-2 in the second quarter before the Jumbos answered again to make it 6-3.
Christopher Davis scored with just 33 seconds left in the first half to make
it a 7-3 game at the half.
Devin Clarke opened the second half scoring just 1:00 into the
second half for the Jumbos as they cut the lead to three. Davis and Ben Toby
scored 10 seconds apart for Middlebury to increase the lead to 9-4. The lead
grew to 10-4 before Tufts scored three of the next four goals in the third
quarter to cut the margin to 11-7. Bryan Griffin scored two goals during the
run for Tufts. Clark, who had scored the final goal of the third quarter,
opened the fourth quarter with a goal 1:02 in the session to cut the lead to
11-8. Middlebury answered with a big three goal run to regain a comfortable
14-8 lead with 9:01 remaining. The team's exchanged the final three goals of
the game to make it a 15-10 final.
Howe led Middlebury with four goals and two assists on the day,
while Davis also scored four. Clark paced Tufts with four goals and three
assists, while Griffin added a pair.