MEDFORD, Mass. - The Tufts University men's
lacrosse team scored the game's first 10 goals and went on to post
an 18-9 victory against Bates College in a NESCAC game played under
the lights at Bello Field on Tuesday night.
The victory is the 18th in a row for the Jumbos, who improve to 8-0
overall and 5-0 in the league. They were led by four goals each
from senior Ryan Molloy (Setauket, NY) and Sean Kirwan (Boonton
Bates, which scored a flurry of goals early in the second half to
make it interesting, lost their second straight and fell to 4-5
overall and 1-4 in NESCAC. Sophomore Gary Guinta (Bay Shore, NY)
scored four times for the Bobcats.
Kirwan and Molloy both scored twice as the Jumbos raced to a 7-0
lead after the first quarter. Both then scored early in the second
period as the Tufts advantage was extended to 10-0 after Molloy's
goal at 11:19. Bates broke up the run with their first goal at 2:19
of the second quarter, scored by senior Luke Charest (Freeport,
While the Jumbos were dominating offensively in the first two
quarters, they were also getting strong play at the other end from
freshman goalie Patton Watkins (Chattanooga, TN). He stopped eight
of the nine Bobcat shots on goal in the first half. Junior face-off
man Nick Rhoads (McLean, VA) won eight of 12 for Tufts in the first
After the teams traded goals early in the second half, Bates
captured the momentum with four straight goals to make it an 11-6
game with 6:59 remaining in the third. Guinta scored twice during
the four-goal surge and Charest had three assists. Consecutive
goals by senior Matt Witko (Chappaqua, NY) and Kirwan put the
Jumbos back in charge at 13-6 late in the third.
Tufts then scored the first three in the fourth quarter to go up
16-7 on the first collegiate goal by freshman Peter Bowers
(Contestoga, PA). Charest picked up his fifth assist of the game on
the Bobcats' final goal scored by freshman Wylie Leabo (Belmont,
Watkins finished with 16 saves before he was relieved late in the
game. Rhoads won 17 of 28 face-offs, while Molloy's five ground
balls were the Tufts team-high. Senior D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD)
had three goals and three assists, while Witko finished with three
goals and an assist.
Face-off wins by senior Cody Newman (Montclair, NJ) were the
catalyst to the Bates third-quarter run. He finished with nine
wins. Junior Reed Brown (Portsmouth, NH) collected six ground
balls, while junior Kevin Helm (Norwell, MA) and freshman Paul
Donovan (Norwell, MA) both had five. Charest was the Bates scoring
leader with six points. Junior goalie Adam Scharff (Glyndon, MD)
made six saves.
Tufts travels to Trinity for a battle of NESCAC unbeatens on
Saturday with a 1 pm start. Bates hosts Connecticut College on
Saturday at 1 pm.