HOBOKEN, N.J. - Senior Austin Carbone scored four goals with three assists to lead 12 Jumbos in the scoring column as the third-ranked Tufts University men's lacrosse team opened its 2017 season with a 19-6 win at Stevens on Saturday afternoon.
|Junior Connor Lansdale helped lead a strong defensive effort for Tufts|
The game was the first for Tufts under new head coach Casey D'Annolfo, who was hired in August after nine seasons at Taft School. The offensive output looked familiar from the high-powered Tufts attack. The Jumbos also looked good on defense, with sophomore goalie Ben Shmerler stopping eight of the 10 shots he saw in the first half and junior Robert Treiber making nine saves on 13 shots in the second half.
Stevens scored first as Tommy Dawson gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead two minutes into play with a man-up goal. However, the Jumbos netted the next seven goals to take a 7-1 advantage at 9:30 of the first half. Carbone had four goals during the run.
The Ducks stopped the stretch with a Max Bailey goal at 8:43 of the second quarter, but Jumbos Zach Richman and Danny Murphy both scored their second goals of the game and Tufts led 9-2 at intermission.
Stevens again got the half started with the opening goal, Bailey's second of the game at 12:08. He is the younger brother of former Tufts All-American Cole Bailey.
However, the Jumbos again responded with a run, scoring six in a row to lead 15-3 at the end of the third quarter. Eight different Jumbos contributed points to the run, including a long-stick goal by senior co-captain Tucker Mathers. Sophomore John Cordrey added his first career goal and an assist, while junior Michael Mattson tallied twice.
A fourth-quarter opening goal by Dawson for Stevens was met by four straight from Tufts including the first career goal by Nick Katz and scores 12 seconds apart by Griffin Johnson and Henry Hollen. Stevens' Tom Lawson finished off the day with a man-up goal with 38 seconds remaining for the 19-6 final.
Murphy finished with four goals for Tufts, who out-shot Stevens 55-39. Mattson had three goals while Cordrey totaled four points (goal, 3 assists). The Jumbos also had a large advantage in groundballs at 46-29, including three apiece by Arend Broekmate and Connor Lansdale defensively. Tufts won 17 of 28 face-offs, led by a 15 for 24 performance from Hollen.
Tufts did spend too much time in the penalty area, giving Stevens 11 man-up chances. The host scored twice man-up, while Tufts was three for six on man-advantages.
Carson White started in goal for Stevens and made 14 saves in 51 minutes of action. Bailey topped the Ducks with two goals and an assist, while Dawson scored twice. Jan Schoonen had four groundballs and caused four turnovers on defense. Nicholas Carnovale won seven of 13 face-offs.
The Jumbos open their home season on Wednesday against Keene State at 3:30 p.m. Stevens returns to action also on Wednesday at Springfield (4 p.m.).