MEDFORD - After losing for the first time in 25 games on Tuesday, the #1 ranked Tufts men's lacrosse team responded with a resounding 25-6 NESCAC victory over Hamilton College today at Bello Field.
|Junior Garrett Clarke led the Jumbos with five goals|
Senior co-captain Cole Bailey, playing a full game for the first time since opening day, led the Jumbos with nine points on three goals and six assists. Junoir Garrett Clarke netted five goals as 13 players scored for Tufts overall. The game was the Jumbos' last at home for the regular season and came in front of an Alumni Day crowd and on a day when they honored their 10 seniors.
The Jumbos, who lost to Bates 12-8 at Bello on Tuesday, improved to 11-1 overall and 7-1 in NESCAC. They out-shot the Continentals 79-25, won the groundball battle 42-24, took 23 of 35 face-offs and scored five man-up goals in a dominating performance.
Hamilton, which was within 4-3 halfway into the first quarter, was led by two goals from sophomore J.D. Brachman. The Continentals, who had won three of four coming in including 8-7 over Bates, dropped to 8-5 and 4-5 in the league.
Tufts scored the first four goals in the opening 5:34 with junior John Uppgren tallying a goal and an assist. Hamilton came back with three in 49 seconds by Pax Anthos, Sam Sweet and Connor Morgan making it 4-3 with 7:45 to go in the first.
The Jumbos would put the game away by halftime, scoring seven in a row to lead 11-3 and 11 of the next 13 for a 15-5 advantage at intermission. Bailey, who played only in the first half against Bates, had two goals and three assists during this game-changing stretch for Tufts. Clarke had four goals during this time.
Outscoring the Continentals 6-0 in the third, Tufts led 21-5. Bailey with a goal and two assists and two goals each by Uppgren and sophomore Zach Richman led the Jumbos in the third.
Tufts pushed the margin to 25-5 in the fourth with freshman Frank Hattler scoring and assisting and freshman Griffin Johnson setting up two goals. Sophomore Colby Kempe and freshman Nico Pollack wrapped up the home team scoring before Hamilton's Jack O'Brien stopped Tufts' 12-goal run.
The 25 goals match the amount Tufts scored on Amherst a year ago this weekend. It's the fourth time this season that the Jumbos have topped 20. The six goals allowed match their season-low, done twice previously with all three coming in conference encounters.
The Jumbos were strong all around, causing 12 turnovers led by three from senior Jeff Chang. They turned the ball over themselves just nine times. Junior Conor Helfrich won 18 face-offs and junior AJ Enchill scooped up three ground balls. Three Jumbo goalies played with junior Alex Salazar going three quarters and making 10 saves.
Senior goalie Will Driscoll was active for the Continentals with 16 saves and five groundballs in 45 minutes. Senior defenseman Dylan Lahey picked up three groundballs. Morgan finished with a goal and an assist for the visitors.
Tufts hits the road for tough non-conference action at Endicott on Tuesday. Hamilton plays next at home against Connecticut College next Saturday.