Stevenson vs. Tufts
March 20, 2012
The Game Story:
Sophomore Beau Wood Scores NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week Honor
MEDFORD - Despite the loss of All-Americans D.J. Hessler and Matt Witko to graduation, and the absence of 60-goal scorer Sean Kirwan (Boonton Township, NJ) from the early-season line-up, the Tufts University men's lacrosse team has been just as effective offensively early in 2012. Sophomore Beau Wood (Sherwood Forest, MD), this week's New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week, is one of the reasons.

In wins over Connecticut College and Stevens Institute of Technology last week, Wood scored six goals with four assists for 10 points to lead the Jumbos offensively. Coach Mike Daly's second-ranked team beat the Camels 16-9 at home on Tuesday, and then traveled to #4 Stevens and won 14-12 on Saturday.

Wood had two goals and three assists against Connecticut College. All of his points came in the first 41 minutes to help the Jumbos build a 10-4 lead. At Stevens, Tufts never trailed and Wood scored one goal in each quarter. After the Ducks tied the score 7-7 early in the third quarter, Wood had a goal and an assist over the remainder of the period as Tufts went up 11-8 heading into the fourth.

Hidden within the Jumbos' deep depth last season, Wood played in just four games and recorded a goal and an assist. This spring, he's tied for the conference lead in scoring after a week with 15 points on 10 goals and five assists. His five points per game average is tops in NESCAC. The Jumbos are #1 in the league with 45 goals through three games.

Wood has not been alone in keeping Tufts offensively dangerous. Senior co-captain Kevin McCormick (Laytonsville, MD) joins Wood in a four-way tie for the conference lead with 10 goals. Freshman Cole Bailey (Millersville, MD) is tied for first in NESCAC with seven assists. Sophomore Peter Bowers (Contestoga, PA) in the among the conference's early leaders with seven goals.