MEDFORD - The 2017 Tufts University men's lacrosse team is off to the best start in program history at 11-0. Sophomore Danny Murphy helped the Jumbos reach that milestone with a NESCAC Player of the Week performance in the last two games.
In a 22-13 win over Williams College last Wednesday (Apr. 5) and a 18-6 victory against Hamilton College on Saturday (Apr. 8), Murphy scored 11 goals with seven assists for 18 points to lead the Jumbos offensively. Improving to 11-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference with the victories, the team surpassed the 10-0 starts by the 2010 and 2015 Jumbo teams as the best in school history.
Murphy was also the leading contributor to two long scoring runs that propelled Tufts to victory in both games. Against Wiliams, he had six goals and two assists overall including four tallies and both assists while Tufts took a 13-3 lead in the game. Versus Hamilton, Murphy's four goals and two assists led an early 11-0 Jumbo run that gave them a 13-1 advantage. He finished the game with five goals and four assists.
This is Murphy's first NESCAC Player of the Week honor, and the first for the Jumbos this season. He leads NESCAC in scoring with 61 points on 35 goals and a conference-best 26 assists. He has 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points in six NESCAC games.
On a veteran Jumbo team last season, Murphy played in just six games scoring three goals with an assist as a freshman. Now he is a leader of a Jumbo offense that is first in NESCAC with 18.09 goals scored per game.