Men's Lacrosse Storms Past Keene State in Fourth Quarter for 22-16 Victory

MEDFORD - The #1 ranked Tufts men's lacrosse team scored nine goals in the fourth period to turn a two-goal deficit late in the third quarter into a 22-16 win over Keene State in non-league action at Bello Field Tuesday.

Junior Conor Helfrich had 35 face-off wins for Tufts

Junior John Uppgren scored five goals to lead the Jumbos (2-0) in the fourth quarter and finished with seven goals and four asissts for 11 points overall. Sophomore Rob Hart had a big day for Keene (1-2) scoring three goals with five assists for eight points.

The game was tied 8-8 at halftime. Tufts scored the first two goals of the second half, with sophomore Austin Carbone recording a goal and assist. The Owls netted the next three to take their first lead of the game (11-10) on a Tyler Reilly man-down goal with 8:19 remaining in the third. Sophomore Bryan Rotatori assisted twice in the spurt.

After Tufts tied it 11-11 on Peter Gill's strike at 7:49, the Owls went back-to-back and led 13-11 at 3:24 of the third on a Hunter Arnold goal. Tufts would get two of the next three before the quarter ended and entered the fourth trailing 14-13.

The Jumbos started the fourth with three goals in the opening 1:24 to take a 16-14 advantage. Junior Conor Helfrich, who won a remarkable 35 of 40 face-offs in the game, assisted Uppgren and long-stick midfielder Jeff Chang also had a goal.

Keene's Tyler McElvie, who scored nine goals in last year's game between the teams won by Tufts 17-16, tallied at 12:37 of the fourth to make it 16-15 Jumbos. Tufts would take control of the game with a five-goal run from 12:10 to 5:07 including three Uppgren scores for a 21-15 lead.

The Jumbos had scored the game's first three goals before Keene got on the scoreboard, but it was just 5-4 Tufts after one. Reilly had two goals and sophomore Rob Hart recorded two assists in the first for Keene. The Jumbos had five different goal scorers, including junior Jake Gillespie and sophomore Zach Richman to get them started.

Tufts would push its lead to 8-5 on junior Ben Andreycak's goal at 3:32 of the second. However, Keene closed the half with three in a row including the 8-8 equalizer by Arnold with six seconds left in the period.

Andreycak (five points) and Gill would both finish with four goals for Tufts, while Carbone had a goal and four assists. Chang added seven groundballs to his key goal and senior Charlie Rubin had four gb's. Junior Alex Salazar made 16 saves in the Jumbo net.

Rotatori totaled six points for Keene on two goals and four assists. Reilly finished with four goals for the Owls while McKelvie tallied three with an assist. Sophomore defenseman Tom Jenoski caused three turnovers while classmate Brendon Charney picked up five groundballs. Sophomore Dylan Florian made 16 saves.

Tufts tallied three more man-up goals and have seven through two games. The Jumbos had significant advantages in shots (64-44) and groundballs (46-24). Keene was more efficient, turning the ball over only 11 times compared to 26 by Tufts.

The Jumbos travel to Stevens for their first road game on Saturday at noon. Keene hosts another NESCAC foe in Bowdoin on March 11.