HOBOKEN, NJ - The #1 ranked Tufts men's lacrosse team bolted to a 7-1 lead in the first quarter and never looked back while posting a 19-10 victory at Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday.
|Sophomore Zach Richman had four of Tufts' goals|
The Jumbos, who improved to 3-0, led 12-4 at the half and 17-5 after three quarters. Junior John Uppgren finished with five goals and four assists to lead Tufts. The returning national scoring leader now has 16 goals and 10 assists for 26 points.
Tufts, which set an NCAA all-divisions record with 423 goals last season, has 58 goals in its first three contests of 2015 for a 19.3 average.
Ironically, the Jumbos were out-shot today by Stevens 54-52 and received good goalie play. Junior Alex Salazar started and made 18 saves in 49 minutes-plus of action. Senior Brian Droesch (five saves) and sophomore Jon Conley (two saves) also saw time as the Jumbo goalies stopped 25 shots overall.
Tufts led Stevens 7-0 as Uppgren and sophomore Austin Carbone both scored twice in the opening quarter. The Ducks tallied their first by Michael Maroon at 2:16 of the first.
Maroon's second of the game had Stevens within 9-3 in the second quarter, but the Jumbso rolled off three in a row by Carbone, Uppgren and sophomore Zach Richman for a 12-3 advantage. Matt Ferentini scored with 11 seconds to go until halftime for the hosts and it was 12-4 Tufts at the break.
Uppgren and Richman both scored twice in the third period when the Jumbos out-scored the Ducks 5-1. Uppgren assisted on both Richman goals. The Jumbos had a pair of man-up tallies in the period. Andrew Scrutchfield had the lone Stevens strike, assisted by Maroon.
Tufts scored the first two of the fourth quarter, including the first of freshman Frank Hattler's career, for a 19-5 advantage. Stevens would finish by scoring five unanswered goals, including two and an assist by Anthony Raposo.
Richman added four goals to the Tufts attack while Carbone finished with three goals and an assist. Senior Charlie Rubin tallied twice. Junior Conor Helfrich continued his fine work on face-offs, winning 15. Senior Cem Kalkavan and junior Jake Gillespie both had three groundballs.
Ferentini, Maroon, Raposo and Scrutchfield all had two goals with an assist for Stevens. Scrutchfield added three groundballs and caused a turnover. Austin Boyd had 14 saves in 51 minutes of playing time for the Ducks.
Stevens also finished with a 36-29 advantage in groundballs.
Tufts is idle for a week until returning to NESCAC play at Colby next Saturday. Stevens doesn't play again until March 18 when they face Bowdoin in Virginia Beach.