Men's Lacrosse Dominates Battle of NESCAC Unbeatens Versus Williams 20-6

MEDFORD - Sophomore Austin Carbone's five goals led nine Tufts players who scored overall as the #1 Jumbos routed #8 Williams, 20-6, in a match-up of the NESCAC's only undefeated teams entering the day.

Austin Carbone led Tufts with five goals and two assists

Tufts, winners of 23 straight, remained unbeaten at 9-0 and 5-0 in the league. Williams dropped to 7-1 and 4-1 NESCAC.

Junior Kyle Howard-Johnson added four goals with an assist to the Tufts attack and junior John Uppgren finished with three goals and three assists. Carbone also assisted twice for a seven-point game.

Four different Jumbos, including junior Jake Gillespie, scored goals in the first quarter as Tufts went out to a 4-1 advantage. Bryson Gilbert-Bono scored a man-up goal in the first for Williams.

Tufts broke the game open in the second quarter, scoring seven goals. Junior Peter Gill assisted and scored the first two for a 6-1 Jumbo lead. The Ephs' only momentum came in the middle of the second when back-to-back goals by juniors Tanner MacIvor and Alex Okemah pulled the visitors within 6-3. The Jumbos finished the half by scoring five goals in the final 5:41, including Carbone's with three seconds remaining for an 11-3 lead at intermission.

Into the second half, Tufts continued on what would amount to a 13-0 run by outscoring Williams 5-0 in the third. Five different players scored the goals with Carbone netting one and assisting two.

Tufts tallied three more to start the fourth and led 19-3 on Carbone's fifth with 13:50 on the clock. Williams tallied three straight by seniors Steven Kiesel, Andy Grabowski and Joe Kinney over the next six minutes. The scoring was capped with the first career goal by Tufts freshman Nico Pollack on a man-up chance at 2:03.

Junior Conor Helfrich had 18 wins on face-offs as the Jumbos were 21 for 30 overall. Senior Cem Kalkavan caused three turnovers defensively and grabbed three groundballs. Junior Alex Salazar made 13 saves in three quarters to earn the victory in goal. Tufts played all four of its goalies.

Gilbert-Bono had a goal and two assists to lead Williams on offense. Kiesel and MacIvor both had a goal and an assist. Junior Ryan Hamilton caused two turnovers and came up with three groundballs on defense. Sophomore Riley Hoffman finished with five groundballs for the Ephs. Senior goalie Dan Whittam made 16 saves in three quarters of action.

The Jumbos finished with advantages of 52-47 in shots and 40-29 in groundballs. Both teams were successful on extra-man opportunities with three goals apiece.

Tufts travels to Wesleyan on Saturday for conference play at 1 pm. Williams hosts rival Amherst in a NESCAC game Saturday at 1 pm as well.