CORLAND, N.Y. – In a close contest throughout, the fourth-ranked Tufts University men's lacrosse team won 19-15 at #17 Cortland on Sunday afternoon as Jumbo sophomore Max Waldbaum scored six goals for the second time in as many days.
|Nick Shanks figured in six Tufts goals this afternoon.|
Tufts opened its 2019 season on Saturday with a 20-11 conference win at Hamilton. They completed their upstate New York double-header sweep with today's victory over the Red Dragons. Waldbaum had 12 goals for the weekend.
Today was a two-goal game for the vast majority of the first three quarters, and then a strong start to the fourth opened up some room for the Jumbos (2-0). Cortland (0-2) led only twice early, but was never far behind in an exciting out-of-region match-up.
An opening goal from Terrence Haggerty gave the hosts a 1-0 lead and Troy Morris tallied later in the period for a 3-2 Cortland advantage. A three-goal run by Tufts (one by senior co-captain Ben Connelly, two by Waldbaum) gave the guests the lead for good at 5-3. Haggerty closed the first-quarter scoring for the Red Dragons making it 5-4.
Tufts had three out of the first four goals in the second and led 8-5 on Connelly's third of the game at 7:14. The Red Dragons made a goalie change during this time, switching Jake Craybas out for Jon Vargas. Back-to-back tallies by Cortland's Dante Yacavone and Corey McMahon closed the gap to 8-7, but the Jumbos netted the final two of the frame with senior co-captain Danny Murphy assisting both Connelly and Waldbaum on man-up goals for a 10-7 Jumbo halftime lead.
Three goals in the first four-plus minutes of the third period by Cortland's Dean Riley pulled the hosts within 11-10. Tufts junior Matt Treiber and Morris for the Red Dragons traded goals making it 12-11 before returning first team All-American Nick Shanks ended the third period for Tufts with a goal providing a 13-11 advantage.
The Jumbos would create some breathing room by scoring four of the first five goals in the fourth. After Yacacone kept it a two-goal game (14-12) for Cortland early, Waldbaum, sophomore Garrett Samuelson and Shanks strung together three in a row for a 17-12 Tufts lead with under seven minutes on the clock. Samuelson and Shanks also had assists during the key three-goal spurt.
Cortland would get as close as 17-14 on a Joey Panariello goal at 3:57, but Waldbaum and Shanks finished off the Tufts victory with a pair of goals surrounding a Red Dragon man-up tally in the final minutes.
Shanks matched Waldbaum in points as he recorded four goals with two assists for the Jumbos. Connelly (four goals), Treiber (2g, 3a) and Murphy (2,3) all had big games offensively for the 'Bos. Junior Henry Hollen won 23 of 31 face-offs, while senior co-captain Arend Broekmate had five groundballs and senior Brian Powers collected four. Junior Mason Pollack stopped 13 shots in goal.
Riley and Haggerty both totaled three goals and an assist for Cortland, while Panariello also netted three. Mike Nicholson led the hosts defensively with four groundballs. Vargas made 10 saves in 39-plus minutes of action.
The Jumbos finished with a 60-52 advantage in shots including 32-28 on net. Tufts held a 45-34 margin in groundballs and connected on two of six man-advantage. By holding the Red Dragons to 1 for 4 man-up, the Jumbos killed nine of the 11 man-up situations their opponents had this weekend.
Tufts opens its home schedule on Wednesday night at Bello Field with a 7 pm start against Keene State. Cortland hosts Scranton on Wednesday at 3:30 pm.