Second-Half Run Leads No. 6 Men's Lacrosse Past Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vermont – A string of 10-unanswered goals by the Tufts University men's lacrosse team lifted the sixth-ranked Jumbos to a 13-10 win over Middlebury Saturday on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium.

Seiter led the Jumbos with five points on the afternoon.

Andrew Seiter led the Jumbos (12-1, 8-1 NESCAC) with four goals and an assist, while Ben Connelly tacked on three goals and a helper. Danny Murphy added a score and three assists. Brian Powers had five ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers for Tufts. Mason Pollack made 23 saves in the victory for the Jumbos.

Henry Riehl had a big game for the Panthers (8-6, 4-5 NESCAC) with a season-high five goals, extending his goal-scoring streak to 21 games. Chase Goree and Danny Jacobs each scored twice, while Jack Gould had the other Panther goal. A.J. Kucinski paced Middlebury with a pair of assists. Madnick went 19-26 on faceoffs and collected a team-best seven ground balls.

The game got off to a slow start, as each team managed just two scores in the opening quarter. The Panthers got on the board first at the 9:49 mark when Goree collected a rebound and fired a shot into the back of the cage. The Jumbos countered just over a minute later, as Seiter found the back of the net. Gould made it 2-1 for the hosts with 7:32 left on a low shot from the right. Seiter tallied again for Tufts on a spinning attempt from eight yards away, as the score remained deadlocked at 2-2 after 15 minutes of play.

In the second quarter, Middlebury regained the lead on a bouncing shot from Riehl at 11:02, followed by a wraparound goal by Jacobs at 5:42 for a 4-2 advantage. Connelly cut the Panther lead to one, scoring in transition nearly two minutes later. Jacobs pushed the Middlebury lead back to a pair at the halftime break (5-3), tallying on a spin shot with 57.6 seconds left.

Middlebury came out of the break, scoring the initial two goals for a 7-3 advantage. Goree tallied when he fought through the defense for a bouncing shot with 13:35 showing on the scoreboard and Riehl picked up his second marker of the contest 43 seconds later.

The Jumbos reeled off 10-straight goals, including three man-up tallies, over the next 20:08 of action for a 13-7 lead with 7:44 remaining in the contest. Seiter, Connelly and Garrett Samuelson each had two goals during the run for the visitors.

With a little less than four minutes remaining in the final quarter, Riehl stopped the run for the Panthers on a man-up score from the left, cutting the deficit to 13-8. Riehl scored just 17 seconds later on a nifty feed from Jake Madnick in transition, and also found the back of the net again with 2:01 left on a bouncing attempt to bring the Panthers to within three at 13-10. The Jumbos won the ensuing faceoff and held on for the three-goal victory.

Middlebury closes out the regular-season portion of its schedule on Wednesday at home against Williams at 5:00 p.m., while Tufts hosts Bowdoin on the same day at 7:00 p.m.

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Release courtesy of Middlebury Athletics.