MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University men's lacrosse team picked up their second win of the season Tuesday night against Keene State at Bello Field.
|Connelly set career-highs in both goals (six) and points (seven) in a game.|
The Jumbos (2-0) used a strong offensive attack to get the better of the Owls (1-2). Danny Murphy had eight points on the night from three goals and five assists. Ben Connelly had a strong showing as well with six goals and one assist. Three other Jumbos had three goals each in Matt Treiber, Andrew Seiter, and Bryce Adam. Adam also had three assists, while Seiter had two. Keene was led by Hunter Arnold's four goals and Dave Wiedenfeld's three. Jon Nassif, Anthony Marcella, and Mitch Hale all had on goal apiece.
Tufts claimed the early edge scoring the first six goals of the game. Nick Shanks started things off with an unassisted goal and then Seiter scored the next three off two assists from Murphy and one from Shanks. Murphy then scored the next two to put the Jumbos out in front, 6-0, and that's where the first quarter ended.
In the second quarter, the closest the Owls would get would be within five when Arnold scored his third goal of the quarter to cut the deficit to 10-5. But Connelly would end the quarter with two straight goals for the Jumbos to go into the break with the 12-5 lead.
The Jumbos extended their lead in the third quarter with three goals from Connelly and two from Treiber. And in the fourth Tufts had their highest offensive output of any quarter scoring seven goals to put the game away.
Even though the Jumbos were outshot, 54-50, and lost more face-offs than they won (14-for-38), they were able to take advantage of their opportunities and make the most out of each one. Tufts scored goals in 2-of-3 man up opportunities, while the Owls only went 1-for-4.
Tufts was 20-for-22 on their clear attempts and Keene was 16-for-21. The Jumbos held the edge in groundballs, 31-28.
Next up for Tufts will be a road contest against Stevens on Saturday at 12 p.m., while the Owls will take on Nichols in Orlando, Fla. next Monday.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern