MEDFORD – For his defensive role in leading the Tufts University men's lacrosse team to its eighth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship over the weekend, senior tri-captain Connor Lansdale has been selected as the conference's Player of the Week.
Head coach Casey D'Annolfo's Jumbos defeated Amherst College 20-12 in the semi-finals on Saturday and then beat host Wesleyan 12-9 on Sunday to capture the conference title. The eight NESCAC crowns are more than any other team in the league.
Lansdale shut down two of the top offensive players in the nation during the weekend. Assigned to cover Amherst's Colin Minicus – who was third in NESCAC with 82 points entering the weekend - Lansdale limited him to two goals and one assist. The Mammoths were averaging over 19 goals per game entering Saturday and the 12 Tufts allowed were the second-fewest this year.
Wesleyan's Harry Standon, a first team United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American last year, was held to just one goal by Lansdale. The Jumbo tri-captain had three caused turnovers and picked up five ground balls in the game.
This is the second week in a row Tufts has had NESCAC's Player of the Week as junior Danny Murphy was honored last Monday. It's the Jumbos third of the season including Frank Hattler on March 26. The recognition is the first for Lansdale.
Lansdale's 20 caused turnovers are fifth in NESCAC this season. He was selected to the NESCAC All-Conference second team last week.
The Jumbos will host either Merchant Marine or Johnson & Wales in a second-round NCAA Tournament game Wednesday at Bello Field. Tufts earned the league's automatic qualification and will be making its 11th NCAA appearance.