#4 Men's Lacrosse Blasts Keene 19-6 in Home Opener at Bello on Tuesday

MEDFORD – In its home-opener on a cold, crisp night at Bello Field, the fourth-ranked Tufts University men's lacrosse team received goals from 12 different players in a 19-6 victory over Keene State College on Tuesday.

Duke Alf netted his first collegiate goal for the Jumbos tonight.

The Jumbos built a 12-2 lead in the first 23 minutes of action and never looked back while improving to 3-0. Keene State, led by three goals from freshman Shane Molloy, dropped to 0-3.

Tufts scored seven of the first eight goals in the game by six different players, with only current NESCAC Player of the Week Max Waldbaum scoring twice during the stretch. Molloy and freshman John Morgan tallied the Keene goals in the first quarter, while a man-up strike by junior Matt Treiber put Tufts up 8-2 heading into the second.

Two goals in the first 48 seconds of the second period by senior co-captains Ben Connelly and Danny Murphy gave Tufts a 10-2 margin. A long-stick goal by senior co-captain Arend Broekmate and another by Waldman expaned the margin to 12-2 Jumbos with 6:31 remaining until halftime.

The Owls had replaced starting goalie J.J. Tinney with sophomore Chase Chamberlin to begin the second quarter and Chamberlin was solid in that period. He made eight saves while Tufts had a 20-8 shooting advantage in the frame. The visitors received goals by Molloy and senior Bobby Carey in the second quarter, while sophomore Garrett Samuelson scored with two seconds remaining in the first half to give the Jumbos a 14-4 lead at the break.

The high-scoring pace slowed down significantly in the second half. The Jumbos won the third 3-1 on goals by Samuelson, junior Darian Matini and freshman Duke Alf against one by Molly for Keene.

In the fourth, the Jumbos got goals from freshmen Cole Salton and Cam Kelleher (man-up) before Keene junior Dave Wiedenfeld closed the scoring.

Treiber had three assists to go with two goals, while Murphy added two helpers to his three goals as each finished with five points for Tufts. Freshman Kyle Helfrich was great on face-offs for the Jumbos, winning 11 of 15.  Junior Mason Pollack started in goal and played 21 minutes making six saves for the victory. Sophomore Joe Theuer handled the remainder of the game making seven stops.

Wiedenfeld had two assists to join Molloy with three total points for the Owls. Chamberlin finished with 10 saves in nearly 36 minutes played. Keene used three goalies overall as sophomore Alex Fawcett came in for the final nine minutes and had a save. 

The Jumbos finished with a 62-34 advantage in shots, including 34-19 on goal. Tufts also had an edge in groundballs at 33-24 and converted two of five man-up chances. Keene (0 for 2 man-up) turned the ball over 27 times.

The Jumbos travel to play #9 Stevens in New Jersey on Saturday. Keene takes their spring break trip to Florida and faces Lycoming next Wednesday.