Tufts vs. Skidmore
March 8, 2008
The Game Story:
MEDFORD Freshman D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD) scored four goals with two assists and the Tufts defense had a dominating effort as the ninth-ranked Jumbos mens lacrosse team opened its 2008 season with a 12-3 win over Skidmore College on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.

Tufts (1-0) darted to a 5-0 lead after the first period and had advantages of 7-1 at halftime and 11-1 after three quarters. Through 45 minutes of play, Tufts had more goals (11) than Skidmore had shots (10). The Jumbos got seven saves from junior goalie Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD) and four ground balls by senior defenseman Tucker Merrigan (Greenfield, MA).

Skidmore (1-1) scored its first goal with a second left in a man-up opportunity at 11:01 of the second period. Sophomore Rob Lutin (Port Washington, NY) had the goal to make it 5-1 at the time. The Thoroughbreds tacked on two more goals in the final three minutes of the game after Harrigan had been replaced, including Lutins second.

Six different goal scorers helped Tufts to its 7-1 halftime lead, with Hessler tallying twice. Junior middie Chase Bibby (Marblehead, MA) scored the first two goals of the second half to put Tufts up 9-1. With Hesslers third and the first collegiate goal by sophomore Zach Sadoff (Massapequa, NY), the Jumbos had a 10-goal lead entering the final period.

After a slow start, Jumbo sophomore Mike Droesch (Setauket, NY) was outstanding on face-offs. He finished 13 for 19 after a 2 for 6 first quarter. His seven ground balls matched Skidmores Scott Grillo (Wellesley, MA) for the game high.

Skidmores Lutin had eight shots for the most in the game, while sophomore Patrick Devine (Braintree, MA) led the hosts with seven. Tufts finished with a 49-21 advantage in shots after the Thoroughbreds put 11 towards the cage in the fourth quarter. Skidmore goalie John Capitani (Garden City, NY) finished with 12 saves in 60 minutes.