April 26, 2014

Tufts Rocks Colby, Will Host NESCACs From Here

from press release

MEDFORD, Mass. - For the fifth time in program history, the Tufts men's lacrosse team will host the NESCAC semi-finals and final next weekend after the Jumbos opened their 2014 post-season with a 24-9 conference quarterfinal victory against Colby on Saturday at Bello Field.

The #1 seed Jumbos (14-2) got seven goals from junior Chris Schoenhut, who tied the team's single-season goals record with 66 during the game. Junior Cole Bailey had five goals with three assists against the Mules, all in the first half. Tufts scored 20 goals or more in a game for the eighth time this season.

Eighth-seeded Colby saw its season end with a 7-8 mark. They were led on Saturday by three goals from freshman Austin Sayre. Freshman Austin Frank was superb on face-offs for the Mules, winning 25 of 36. Junior goalie Tyler Will made 18 saves in 52 minutes of action.

Sayre scored the first goal of the game for Colby and then his second tied the score at 2-2 with 12:11 left in the first quarter. However, the Jumbos would score 13 of the next 14 goals in the game to lead 15-3 on Bailey's tally at 6:53 of the second. Bailey had six points during the stretch, Schoenhut scored five goals and sophomore John Uppgren assisted on five.

The Jumbos led 10-3 at the end of the first quarter and 16-5 at the half. The teams would play an even 3-3 third quarter, with Colby junior Derek Youngman netting two goals. Tufts led 19-8 heading into the fourth.

Jumbo reserves added five goals to the total in the fourth quarter. Freshman Zach Richman scored twice and classmate Austin Carbone had one, both scoring for the first times in their careers. The Mules closed the scoring with a man-down goal by Mark Phillips in the final minute.

The game featured a total of 119 shots, with Tufts owning a 64-55 advantage. Colby held a slight edge on groundballs at 44-42. The teams combined to commit 55 turnovers on a rainy day, 32 by Colby.

Schoenhut's 66 goals tie the Tufts record set by current assistant coach Sean Kirwan in 2011. Uppgren finished with two goals and five assists for the Jumbos today, while senior Beau Wood tallied three times. Younger brother Blake Wood caused three turnovers and junior CJ Higgins posted four groundballs. Three Tufts goalies made 17 saves, led by 11 from senior starter Patton Watkins.

Sophomore Alex Rutan added a goal and an assist to the Colby total. Senior defenseman Russ Wilson caused two turnovers and Sayre was one of three Mules to finish with three groundballs.

Tufts will host the NESCAC "final four" at Bello next Saturday and Sunday (May 3-4).
The Jumbos also hosted the semi-finals and final in 2010-12 and in 2007. At the time of this release, Wesleyan was the only other team to earn a spot in next weekend's action.


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