Howard-Johnson Breaks Out with Seven Goals in 13-6 Men's Lacrosse Victory over Trinity

MEDFORD - Unleashing his ferocious shot all afternoon, Tufts junior Kyle Howard-Johnson put eight shots on goal and scored seven to lead the #1 ranked Jumbo men's lacrosse team to a 13-6 NESCAC win over Trinity College today at Bello Field.

Chris Sawyer had a strong defensive game for Tufts

Howard-Johnson entered the game with eight career goals, including four in five previous contests this season. Among his seven today, three consecutive strikes late in the third and early in the fourth opened up a three-goal game and helped Tufts earn its 20th straight win.

Trinity's only lead came at 1-0 as Matthew Hauck tallied the game's first goal at 12:09 of the first. Peter Gill and Howard-Johnson answered for the Jumbos, but another Hauck goal tied the score at 2-2 with 3:05 remaining in the first.

The Jumbos would take the lead for good with four straight spanning late in the first until halfway into the second, but the Bantams kept it close for a while.

A pair of Howard-Johnson goals sandwiched around two by junior Ben Andreycak had Tufts up 6-2 at the eight-minute mark in the second quarter. However, two straight by Trinity's Michael McQuiston and Jack Sharrie made it a 6-4 game. Howard-Johnson's fourth of the game gave Tufts a 7-4 lead at intermission.

After the teams traded goals to start the third for an 8-5 score, Howard-Johnson tallied three in a row at 4:32 and 00:48 of the third and at 14:04 of the fourth giving the hosts an 11-5 advantage. Charlie Malhame stopped the run for Trinity at 13:05, but Tufts junior John Uppgren assisted by Howard-Johnson and Jumbo sophomore Austin Carbone netted the only goals over the remainder of the game.

With the seven goals, Howard-Johnson tied with four other Jumbos for the most in a game since Ryan Molloy tallied eight during the 2009 season.

Gill finished with three assists and a goal for the Jumbos. Andreycak, Carbone and Uppgren all scored three points. Hauck led Trinity with three goals and an assist. Sharrie had a goal and an assist while Ryan DeSimone assisted twice.

The goaltending at both ends was excellent. Trinity senior Mickey Zaverucha made an incredible 26 saves, including eight in the fourth quarter. Tufts junior Alex Salazar finished with 13.

Junior Chris Sawyer was also active defensively for Tufts with two caused turnovers and four groundballs. Senior Cem Kalkavan scooped up five groundballs while junior Conor Helfrich won 12 face-offs.

Sophomore Aidan Keohane had four groundballs for the Bantams and freshman JP Masaryk won 10 face-offs.

Tufts finished with a 56-32 advantage in shots and won the groundball battle 44-24. Neither team capitalized in man-up situations, as the Jumbos were able to keep the Bantams off the scoreboard in five extra-man opportunities.

The Jumbos (6-0, 3-0 NESCAC) stay at home to host Western New England on Tuesday at 3:30 pm. Trinity (2-5, 0-4) welcomes Roger Williams for non-league action Wednesday at 4 pm.