Men's Lacrosse Starts Season Off Strong with 23-5 Win Over Hamilton

CLINTON, N.Y. - The Tufts University men's lacrosse team scored 10 goals in the first quarter and the nationally ranked No. 9 Jumbos opened the season with a 23-5 New England Small COllege Atheltic Conference win against the Hamilton College Continentals in men's lacrosse action at Hamilton's Withiam Field on Sunday afternoon.

Murphy was one of four Jumbos to record four points in the season opener.

Tufts (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) was led by Danny Murphy and his three goals and one assist. Murphy was one of three Jumbos that tallied four points. Matt Treiber had two goals and two assists, and Ben Connelly scored once and had three helpers. Thirteen different Tufts players notched at least one goal. Evan Cunningham won 12 of 22 faceoffs and collected eight ground balls. Jack Donohue and Brian Powers both caused three turnovers.

Mason Pollack started in goal and made 13 saves through 45 minutes. Robert Treiber relieved Pollack at the start of the fourth quarter and made three stops in the final 15 minutes.

Chad Morse scored twice for Hamilton (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC). Zach Larsen -- junior transfer from Division I St. John's University -- scored the first goal of his Hamilton career and dished out an assist.

Kyle Gately replaced Noah Weissmann before the end of the first quarter and made 22 saves through 47-plus minutes in goal. Gately scooped up seven ground balls, Eric Zurmuehle picked up six and James Sanderson had four.

Ben Connelly passed to Nick Shanks to give the Jumbos a 1-0 lead with 12:50 left in the first quarter, starting Tufts' 16-goal run that progressed into the second quarter.

Morse put Hamilton on the board with 7:01 left in the second quarter and sparked a 3-0 run for the Continentals. Morris controlled the ball behind the Tufts goal, faked out the defender for an open lane to the front of the net and whipped the ball into the upper-right corner. 

Tufts had a 16-3 lead to start the third quarter and added three unanswered goals before Hamilton's Larsen sped past the defender at the top of the zone, deked around a second defender, turned the corner and fired the ball into the of goal at 3:34.

Morse scored his second of the afternoon for the Continentals just 35 seconds into the fourth and final quarter by again beating the defender behind the net and ripping a shot inside the far post. Max Waldbaum scored two of the final four goals for Tufts. Hamilton was 6 of 7 in clear attempts during the fourth quarter.

Tufts will have their home opener this Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Bello Field. Hamilton hosts Utica College for a non-conference game on Wednesday as well.

Portions of release courtesy of Hamilton Athletics