Williams vs. Tufts
April 7, 2012
The Game Story:
WILLIAMSTOWN – Senior co-captain Kevin McCormick (Laytonsville, MD) scored three goals with two assists as the 12th-ranked Tufts men's lacrosse team handled Williams College, 11-5, in NESCAC action on Saturday afternoon.

The Jumbos, who finished a challenging five-game run on the road with a 4-1 record, improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in NESCAC. Williams is at the bottom of the conference with 2-6 and 1-5 records.

Tufts started 3-0 in the first quarter. The goals were scored by freshman Cole Bailey (Millersville, MD), McCormick and sophomore Beau Wood (Sherwood Forest, MD). Wood scored on a man-up situation, with McCormick controlling the ball behind the goal line extended, before sending the ball across to a waiting Wood, shooting the ball over Williams keeper Sean Dougherty's (Smithtown, NY) shoulder.

The Jumbo lead was 6-1 a the six-minute mark of the second quarter, with two of the goals scored by freshmen Tim LaBeau (Mountain Lakes, NJ) and Chris Schoenhut (Mill Neck, NY). The Ephs rallied in the second, with junior Evan Dedominicis scorign twice to pull the hosts within 6-3. However, senior Geordie Schafer (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) tallied off an assist from McCormick with 10 seconds left in the half and the Jumbos brought a 7-3 advantage into halftime.

Tufts caught the Ephs on their heels in the beginning of the third quarter, adding four unanswered goals for an 11-3 lead. Senior face-off specialiast Nick Rhoads (McLean, VA) had two of them, sandwiching other goals by freshman Cole Bailey (Millersville, MD) and McCormick.

After Tufts' ninth goal, the Jumbos were whistled for two penalties, putting them two men down for a minute. The Ephs controlled the ball in Tufts' end for the first 30 seconds, but a good clear by the Jumbos sent the ball back into Williams' defensive area for the remainder of the penalty. The Jumbos went to the fourth up by eight.

Williams would finish with two goals in the fourth. Andy Grabowski (Philadelphia, PA), assisted by Steven Kiesel (Excelsior, NM) scored with 8:55 left to play. Four minutes later, Growney found Dedominicis who scored his third goal of the game.

Tufts outshot Williams 45-33, but the Ephs picked up 40 ground balls to the Jumbos' 33. Doughtery played all 60 minutes in goal for the Ephs, recording 14 saves. Sophomore Patton Watkins (Chattanooga, TN) played the first 55:30 in net for the Jumbos before being replaced by junior Tyler Page (San Francisco, CA). Watkins recorded eight saves and Page had two.

The Jumbos return home to play under the lights at Bello against Endicott on Tuesday at 7 pm. Williams travels to Union College on Wednesday in a 7 pm start.