Second-ranked Jumbo Men's Lacrosse Wins 15-8 at Hamilton in 2012 Season-Opener

Beau Wood tallied four goals in his first career start

CLINTON, NY - Senior co-captain Kevin McCormick (Laytonsville, MD) and sophomore Beau Wood (Sherwood Forest, MD) each posted four goals and one assist to lead nationally ranked #2 Tufts University to a 15-8 win over Hamilton College in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Steuben Field on Saturday.

The game was the 2012 opener for both teams. Hamilton played lacrosse in the Liberty League from 1996 to 2011, and this was the Continentals' first NESCAC contest.

Sophomore Peter Bowers (Contestoga, PA) added three goals, and senior Geordie Shafer (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) chipped in two goals and one assist for the Jumbos. Junior Geoff Sheasby (Mountain Lakes, NJ) and freshman Cole Bailey (Millersville, MD) tallied one goal and one assist apiece. Junior John Heard (Greenwich, CT), junior Sam Diss (Ridgewood, NJ) and senior Ben Saperstein (Hewlett, NY) were each credited with an assist. Senior Nick Rhoads (McLean, VA) won 19 of 25 faceoffs and collected a game-high 11 ground balls. Sophomore Patton Watkins (Chattanooga, TN) made eight saves in goal for the Jumbos.

Senior Luke Sadoff led the Continentals with two goals and one assist. Classmate Jon Leanos scored a goal to go along with two assists, and sophomore Pax Anthos tallied one goal and one assist. Junior Paul Armideo, senior Henry Burchenal, sophomore Bryan Hopper and sophomore Luke Sisler scored the other goals for Hamilton.

Hopper won four faceoffs, and junior Michael Clarke won both of his faceoff opportunities. Junior Ed Reed caused five turnovers, and sophomore Chad Berger scooped up four ground balls. Senior Max Vaickus stopped eight shots in net.

Tufts (1-0 overall, 1-0 NESCAC) scored the first three goals of the second half to take the lead for good. Hamilton held a 6-5 lead at the break. But McCormick's third tally tied the score with 10:43 remaining in the third quarter, and Wood's third goal put the Jumbos ahead 7-6 just 14 seconds later. Schafer found the back of the net with 23 seconds left in the third to give Tufts a 10-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Sadoff's goal with 9:50 remaining pulled the Continentals back to within 10-8. But Tufts scored the game's final five goals to pull away. Bailey sparked the spurt with a man-up goal with 8:39 left, and the Jumbos finished the run with goals from Bowers, Wood, Schafer and McCormick. Tufts outscored Hamilton 10-2 in the second half.

Tufts jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter with two goals in 37 seconds. Wood tallied his first goal just 39 seconds into the game, and McCormick doubled the Jumbos' lead with 13:44 left in the first.

Hamilton (0-1, 0-1) responded with goals by Leanos, Hopper and Sisler to take a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Tufts scored the next three goals for a 5-3 advantage with 7:52 left in the half. But the Continentals scored three straight goals and took a 6-5 lead into halftime. Anthos' man-up tally with 1:44 remaining gave Hamilton its one-goal lead.

Tufts held a 40-28 shot advantage, and won 19 of 26 faceoffs. The Jumbos went 2 for 6 on extra-man opportunities, while the Continentals were 1 for 3.

Tufts opens its home schedule on Tuesday afternoon (3:30 pm) with a league contest against Connecticut College. Hamilton hosts Wesleyan University for a NESCAC game tomorrow at 1 pm.

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