Tufts vs. Bates
April 23, 2005
The Game Story:
MEDFORD ^S Senior tri-captain Bryan Griffin (West Islip, NY) scored four
goals with five assists for nine points as the 13th ranked Tufts men^Ys
lacrosse team built a big lead and sailed to a 16-9 victory over #20 Bates
College in a NESCAC game at Bello Field on Saturday afternoon.

The victory puts Tufts (8-3) in a three-way tie for fourth place in the
conference with Bates and Amherst. The top four in the standings will host
first-round conference tournament games on May 1. All three teams have 4-3
NESCAC records with two games to play, but Tufts beat both Amherst and
Bates.

The 16-9 final was not an indication of the Jumbos^Y dominance over Bates.
They held leads of 4-0 at the end of the first quarter, 9-2 at the half and
13-3 after three quarters. Their lead was 16-5 in the fourth quarter before
Bates scored four goals in the final seven and a half minutes.

Griffin, rounding back into form after missing time with a knee injury,
scored all of his nine points in the first three quarters. Sophomore Mark
Warner (Wading River, NY) added a goal and four assists to the Tufts attack,
which with 16 goals had its best output in a NESCAC game since a 17-5
victory at Trinity last April 3. Junior Michael Hughes (Branford, CT) scored
three goals against Bates. When the Jumbos brought in the reserves during
the fourth quarter, freshman Matt Caple (Wellesley, MA) scored the first
goal of his collegiate career.

Bates (8-3) was led by three goals from sophomore Matt Erisman (Nantucket,
MA) and two apiece by Justin Simon (Canaan, NH) and Dan Ross (Silver Spring,
MD).

Senior Andy Starr (Weston, MA), one of six Jumbo seniors playing in their
last regular-season game on campus, started and made 14 saves for the
victory in goal. Paul Kazarian (Providence, RI) started for Bates and
finished with eight saves.