Tufts vs. Connecticut College
April 29, 2006
The Game Story:
MEDFORD – The Tufts University men’s lacrosse team scored the final five goals, two by junior Chris Connelly (Wilton, CT), to erase an 8-5 deficit and post a 10-8 victory against Connecticut College in NESCAC action on Bello Field Saturday afternoon.

With the victory in the last game of the regular-season, Tufts clinched a home field berth into the conference tournament tomorrow in the first round. The Jumbos (10-5, 5-4 NESCAC) will host Bates on Sunday at 1:00. Connecticut College did not qualify and finishes its season at 6-8 and 3-6.

After a back-and-forth first period that ended tied at 3-3, the visiting Camels scored three goals in the second period to lead 6-3 at the half. Craig Audin (Sudbury, MA), Brad Luckhardt (Danville, CA) and Chas McLaughlin (Morris Plains, NJ) all scored twice in the first half for Conn.

Tufts erupted for a six-goal third quarter to take the lead. Trailing 8-5, Connelly scored a man-up goal at 7:15 of the third quarter. Mike O’Brien (Concord, MA) followed with his second goal of the game at 5:16 for to whittle the Camel lead to 8-7. Freshman Clem McNally (Far Hills, NJ) tied the game at 8-8 at 2:20, then Casey D’Annolfo (West Hartford, CT) – one of 10 seniors playing on Senior’s Day for the Jumbos – scored the game-winner with 37 seconds left in the third. Connelly scored the only goal of the fourth quarter as insurance.

Freshman Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD) made 14 saves while allowing only the eight goals for Tufts. McNally (three goals) and Connelly (two goals, assist) had three-point games.

Robbie Logan (Salem, MA) set up three goals for the Camels. Randall Morrison (Erdenheim, PA) had 10 saves in goal. Connecticut College finished with a slim 41-37 advantage in shots.

The Jumbos, ranked 17th, will host a NESCAC first-round game for the third time. They are looking to make up for last season’s first round exit in a 9-7 loss to Wesleyan.