Go Four It: Tufts Win NESCAC Title Once Again
from press release
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Tufts won its fourth consecutive NESCAC Championship with an 11-6 victory over Wesleyan (13-5) on Middlebury College's Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The Jumbos (14-4) receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will find out their fate when the selections are announced late Sunday night.
Wesleyan led 2-1 early, including a man-up goal from Aidan Daniell with 3:26 left in the first quarter. Tufts answered with two goals in 13 seconds to close out the quarter with a 3-2 lead. Peter Gill scored from the point from 12 yards out, while Beau Wood scored in transition off the face-off.
Tufts looked solid in the second quarter, scoring three of four goals to take a 6-3 lead at the intermission. John Uppgren scored just 19 seconds into the quarter with a nice finish down low, before Quentin DellaFera netted a man-up goal for the Cardinals at 11:30 to make it a 4-3 game. Wood answered with a man-up tally for the Jumbos from Cole Bailey, while Bailey scored a goal of his own with a nice spin move to close out the first half scoring.
The Cardinals opened the third quarter with a goal from Mike Giambanco from the right side at the 12:26 mark. Chris Schoenhut scored on a nice crease feed from Wood as the Jumbos answered less than a minute later to go up 7-4. Wesleyan's Max Rosenman scored the final goal of the quarter to bring his team within two at 7-5 with 15 minutes remaining.
Tufts gained a little breathing room at the 9:54 mark when Bailey scored with a lefty jump shot to the bottom corner of the net. Wesleyan would not go away as David Murphy answered just over a minute later with a high shot to make it a two-goal game.
The Jumbos took the momentum right back when Andrew Fiamengo scored 50 seconds later with a lefty shot from the crease after a dish from Wood. Schoenhut scored a pair of late goals for the Jumbos as they emerged with the 11-6 victory.
Wesleyan held a 38-31 shots advantage in the game, while Tufts held a 43-39 edge in ground balls. Tufts' Brian Ruggiero won 11-17 face-offs, picking up eight ground balls. Wesleyan went 2-8 in a penalty-filled game, while Tufts was 1-6.
Schoenhut led all scorers with three goals, while Bailey added a pair with four helpers. Wood finished with two goals and two assists, while Uppgren scored twice with a helper. Patton Watkins made 15 saves on the afternoon to pick up the win in net.
Giambanco led the Cardinals with two goals and three assists, while four other players had solo goals. Lex Johnson picked up six ground balls in the game, with five apiece from Brendan Hanley and Sam Stanton. JD Dieterich finished the contest with nine saves between the pipes.