Tufts vs. Mount Ida
March 23, 2009
The Game Story:
MEDFORD -- The Tufts University men's lacrosse team, newly ranked #9 in the
USILA poll today, flexed its regional muscle by setting a new school record
for goals in a game with a 26-3 win over five-time defending North Atlantic
Conference champion Mount Ida College on a windy and cold Monday afternoon
at Bello Field.

The Jumbos led 19-0 before the Mustangs got on the scoreboard with 3:26
remaining in the third quarter. Senior tri-captain Clem McNally (Far Hills,
NJ) had five goals and an assist overall, sophomore D.J. Hessler (Monkton,
MD) scored two goals with five assists and freshman Sean Kirwan (Booton
Township, NJ) added four goals and an assist. Seventeen players overall
scored points for Tufts (6-0), and all three goalies saw action. The
previous mark for most goals in a game was 23 by the 1999 Tufts team against
College of Wooster.

Mount Ida (2-4) was led on Monday by a goal and an assist from senior
Christopher Prophete (Waltham, MA). Junior Matt Vernik (Bethany, CT) started
in goal and made 12 saves in the first half.

Tufts was up 16-0 at halftime in a thoroughly dominating performance. Over
the first 30 minutes, they had a 33-6 advantage in shots and 34-8 in ground
balls. Jumbo face-off men won 14 of 18 first-half draws and Tufts riders
pressured Mount Ida into 14 failed clears during 21 attempts in the first
two quarters. McNally scored all five of his goals in the first half,
including the first three of the game in the opening 5:05 of play.

In the second half, as the Jumbos substituted, senior Brian Rassel
(Birmingham, MI) scored the first goal of his career at 13:24 of the third
quarter. The Mustangs scored back-to-back goals late in the third, with
Prophete netting his fifth of the season at 3:26 and senior Brett Conley
(Fairfield, CT) scoring at 2:07. Sophomore Paul Battipaglia (Clinton, CT)
scored the third Mustang goal at 10:42 of the fourth.

Senior Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD) started and earned the victory in goal
with one save for the Jumbos. Sophomore Bryan Petillo (Holbrook, NY) entered
at 10:52 of the second period and made five saves through the third quarter.
Freshman Steven Foglietta (Oceanside, NY) finished up with three saves in
the final quarter. Freshman Kevin McCormick (Laytonsville, MD) was a perfect
eight for eight on face-offs and classmate Nick Rhoads (McLean, VA) was 12
for 18. They led the team with eight ground balls apiece. Rhoads also had
three goals and McCormick two. Junior defender Darius Bittle-Dockery (New
Haven, CT) came up with four ground balls.

In the final stats, Tufts was up 58-20 in shots, 60-16 in ground balls and
won 25 of 32 face-offs. They scored on three of seven extra-man
opportunities, while holding Mount Ida scoreless in five man-up attempts.

Sophomore Frank Rozio (Clinton, CT) won three draws and had two ground balls
for the visitors. Freshman James McAllister (Smithfield, RI) played the
second half in goal and stopped six shots.