Tufts vs. Amherst
March 30, 2005
The Game Story:
MEDFORD ^S The fourth-ranked Tufts Jumbos held #12 Amherst scoreless for 49
minutes behind superb goaltending from senior Andy Starr (Weston, MA) as
they posted a 9-2 NESCAC men^Ys lacrosse victory at Bello Field on Wednesday
afternoon.

After a scoreless first period in which Starr made five saves and his
Amherst counterpart Cushing Donelan (Noroton, CT) had two, Tufts junior Mike
O^YBrien (Concord, MA) broke the stalemate at 13:34 of the second period
with a man-up goal. He added another man-up goal and an assist in the period
as Tufts took a 4-0 lead by halftime.

The Jumbos pushed the margin to 8-0 in the third quarter behind junior Billy
Granger (East Setauket, NY), who scored three of their four goals in the
period. The Lord Jeffs finally scored at the 11:00 mark of the final period
on senior Alex Casertano^Ys (Millbrook, NY) ninth goal of the season. The
teams traded goals in the final 10 minutes for the 9-2 final.

Starr, who finished with 15 saves, was at his best in the second half when
he made five saves in both the third and fourth quarters. He had plenty of
help, as the Tufts defense held the Jeffs scoreless on 11 extra-man
opportunities. The Jumbos converted three man-up chances of their own. The
two goals allowed are the fewest by the Jumbos since a 22-2 win against
Assumption on April 21, 1999. It is also the fewest goals scored by a NESCAC
team against Tufts since the Jumbos beat Wesleyan 13-1 in 1976.

Granger with three goals, O^YBrien with two goals and an assist and
sophomore Mark Warner (Wading River, NY) with three assists led Tufts with
three-point games.

Casertano finished with a goal and an assist for Amherst, which got nine
saves overall from Donelan.