PIKESVILLE, MD. – No. 3 Tufts Men's Lacrosse ended non-conference play with a 19-7 victory at Stevenson on Tuesday night at Mustang Stadium. Seniors Danny Murphy and Ben Connelly and sophomore Max Waldbaum scored a combined 12 goals with Waldbaum netting a game-high five for the Jumbos.
|Joe Theuer stopped a career-high 17 shots|
With the win, Tufts improves to 7-0 overall, while Stevenson falls to 1-6 with the loss.
The Jumbos' season-leading scorer Waldbaum got the scoring going just less than three minutes into the game. Under 30 seconds later Stevenson sophomore Lewis Anania received a pass from senior Joe Candon and put it into the back of the cage to tie things up. Tufts then got two unanswered goals from sophomore Matt Boccardo and junior Nick Shanks from Murphy. to go up 3-1 The Mustangs came right back with two goals of their own over a two-minute span off the sticks of sophomore Gray King and freshman Cam Leydig to tie it at 3-3. Stevenson senior Gray McKee recorded assists on both goals.
Over the final 8:45 of the first quarter, Tufts went on a 5-0 run led by two more goals from Waldbaum to take an 8-3 lead into the second. Stevenson freshman Connor Nelson ripped a shot during that run that Tufts sophomore goalie Joe Theuer made a great save on. The other Jumbo goals during the run came from Murphy, Connelly and sophomore Garrett Samuelson.
Tufts netted the first four goals of the second to extend their run to 9-0 and the lead to 12-3. Connelly got the run going with a goal off a pass from sophomore Bryce Adam. Tufts freshman Mac Bredahl then found senior Nick Katz for the second goal of the period. Waldbaum scored and dished out an assist to Donohue for the final two goals.
The Jumbos' defense had a phenomenal stretch in which they held the Mustangs scoreless for over 18 minutes before freshman Shane Ford scored with 27 seconds left in the second. Stevenson junior goalie Marc Poust made a couple of key saves in that stretch to help the Mustangs get the ball back. Murphy ended the first half with a buzzer-beating goal from Connelly to give the Jumbos a 13-4 lead at the half.
Murphy then scored the first two goals of the second half off passes from Shanks and Connelly within the first six minutes of action. The two Murphy goals helped Tufts win the quarter 5-0. Connelly, freshman Cam Kelleher and Walbaum also recorded goals over that stretch to give Tufts an 18-4 lead heading into the fourth. Theuer made three saves in blanking the Mustangs in the third while the Jumbos' defense forced six turnovers in the frame.
In the fourth, Ford, freshman Ryan Coleman, and senior JT Thelen scored the three Stevenson goals. Coleman dished out an assist on the Ford goal and Leydig recorded helpers on Coleman and Thelen's goals. Kelleher netted the final goal of the game for Tufts.
Tufts outshot Stevenson 51-39 and put 28 shots on goal to the Mustangs' 26. The Jumbos won 15 faceoffs to Stevenson's 12. Tufts scooped up 39 ground balls to the Mustangs' 35. There were a combined 31 turnovers in the contest.
Waldbaum also recorded an assist and scooped up two ground balls to go along with his five goals. Murphy netted four goals and dished out three assists. Connelly had a great all-around game with three goals, three assists and six ground balls. Kelleher also netted a pair of goals and had an assist. Sophomore Kyle Helfrich was strong in the faceoff zone and finished with 10 ground balls. Theuer recorded his first win of the season with his career-high 17 save outing. There were 12 Jumbos who recorded at least a point in the game.
Ford scored a team-high two goals for the hosts. Leydig recorded a team-high three points with a goal and a pair of assists. Coleman and McKee each posted two points as well in the game. Marc Poust stopped eight Jumbo shots in 40 minutes of play. Senior Dominic DeFazio scooped up a team-high six ground balls. Eight Mustangs recorded a point or more in the contest.
Tufts will play again on Saturday at 1 pm when they host NESCAC opponent Trinity. Stevenson returns to action next Wednesday when they host Hood at 7 pm in their conference opener.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello