Tufts vs. Wesleyan
May 5, 2013
|Cole Bailey||(2, 4)|
|Beau Wood||(2, 2)|
|Chris Schoenhut||(3, 0)|
|John Uppgren||(2, 1)|
|Ben Saperstein||(0, 1)|
|Peter Gill||(1, 0)|
|Andrew Fiamengo||(1, 0)|
|Patton Watkins||15 (0.714)|
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|Mike Giambanco||(2, 3)|
|Remy Lieberman||(0, 1)|
|Max Rosenman||(1, 0)|
|David Murphy||(1, 0)|
|Quentin Dellafera||(1, 0)|
|Aidan Daniell||(1, 0)|
|Graham Macnab||(0, 1)|
|Jd Dieterich||9 (0.450)|
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May 5, 2013
Tufts Men's Lacrosse Wins Fourth Straight NESCAC Title in 11-6 Victory Over Wesleyan
All-NESCAC first team pick Cole Bailey scored six points in the conference final
MIDDLEBURY, VT - Sophomore Cole Bailey (Millersville, MD) scored two goals and assisted four others as the Tufts men's lacrosse team won its fourth consecutive NESCAC championship with an 11-6 victory over Wesleyan at Middlebury College's Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium on Sunday.
Tufts (14-4) earns the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship, their sixth berth into the national tournament overall and fifth in a row. Wesleyan (13-5) will await a potential at-large berth into the NCAA's. The field for the 2013 NCAA Championship will be announced tonight at 10 pm.
The Jumbos scored twice in the final 20 seconds of the first quarter to take a 3-2 lead. Sophomore Peter Gill (Medfield, MA) and junior Beau Wood (Sherwood Forest, MD) had the goals. Tufts would hold the advantage for the rest of the game.
With a 3-1 second quarter, the Jumbos led 6-3 at the half. After Quentin DellaFera scored for Wesleyan making it 4-3 early in the second, Wood at 2:59 and Bailey with 19 seconds remaining gave Tufts a three-goal cushion.
The Cardinals closed the gap to 7-5 by the end of the third. Mike Giambanco scored and assisted on the goals.
Bailey for Tufts and David Murphy for Wesleyan traded tallies a minute apart in the fourth, keeping it a two-goal game at 8-6 Tufts with 8:52 on the clock. The Jumbos would finish strong with a three-goal run, one by senior captain Andrew Fiamengo (New Fairfield, CT) and two by sophomore Chris Schoenhut (Mill Neck, NY) to account for the five-goal final margin.
Schoenhut led Tufts with three goals, while Wood finished with two goals and two assists. Freshman John Uppgren (Stillwater, MN) added two goals and an assist. Junior goalie Patton Watkins (Chattanooga, TN), who was pulled during the Jumbos' 14-11 semi-final win over Connecticut College on Saturday, was sensational with 15 saves in the final.
Senior Brian Ruggiero (Huntington, NY) was a catalyst offensively, winning 11 of 17 face-offs for Tufts. Senior Sam Gardner (Chelmsford, MA) led Tufts with two caused turnovers on defense, while junior Kane Delaney (Brookeville, MD) scooped four groundballs.
Giambanco had a five-point game for Wesleyan, scoring two goals with three assists. No one else had more than one point for the Cardinals. Mike Robinson caused a game-high three turnovers for Wes, who had 17 overall. Lex Johnson led with six groundballs. JD Dieterich made nine saves in goal.
Wesleyan finished with a 38-31 advantage in shots, while Tufts took groundballs 43-39. The Cardinals were 2 for 8 on man-up situations and the Jumbos finished 1 for 6. Tufts won despite 27 turnovers.
The Jumbos capture the conference crown after losing their first two NESCAC games of the season to Hamilton and Connecticut College back in March. The victory in the final avenges an 8-7 loss to Wesleyan during the regular season. Head coach Mike Daly's Tufts team was playing in the conference final for the fifth straight year.
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