|Matt Callahan was part of a Tufts defense that finished with 14 caused turnovers
MEDFORD - The Tufts University men's lacrosse team used a seven-goal run spanning from late in the second quarter until early in the fourth to erase a deficit and go on to a 10-6 victory over Wesleyan in a NESCAC game on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
Senior co-captain Sean Kirwan (Boonton Township, NJ) scored four goals to lead Tufts (12-2, 8-1 NESCAC), who won their 28th straight game at home. The Jumbos clinched the #1 seed in NESCAC for the second straight year with their win today combined with Trinity's loss to Hamilton.
Wesleyan, who is at Connecticut College on Wednesday afternoon, fell to 9-4 overall and 5-4 in the league. They were led by two goals from senior Teddy Citrin (New Canaan, CT).
The visiting Cardinals led for the entire first half. They blanked the Jumbos in the first period and were up one on a goal by Aidan Daniell (Hopkinton, NH). Senior tri-captain Grant Covington (Gloucester, MA) was sharp early in the Wesleyan cage, finishing the first with five saves.
Citrin scored a pair of second-quarter goals to give the Cardinals a 3-1 advantage with five minutes to play until intermission. Jumbo sophomore Beau Wood (Sherwood Forest, MD) scored and had an assist as the hosts closed to within 4-3 at halftime.
Senior co-captain Kevin McCormick's (Laytonville, MD) man-up goal assisted by Wood with 2:58 remaining in the second began the Jumbos' game-changing run. Kirwan netted three of his goals during the stretch. The Jumbos out-scored Wesleyan 4-0 in the third quarter, and were up 9-4 at 12:32 of the fourth quarter. Long-pole Mark Findaro (Vienna, VA) had a goal.
Wesleyan's John Froats (Yorktown, NY) made it 9-5 with 9:21 left in regulation, but Jumbo sophomore goalie Patton Watkins (Chattanooga, TN) would finish with seven fourth-quarter saves and another Kirwan goal made it 10-5 with under five minutes remaining.
Wood (two goals, assist) and McCormick (goal, two assists) scored three points for Tufts. Senior Nick Rhoads (McLean, VA) won 11 of 19 face-offs. The Jumbos caused 14 turnovers, including two and five groundballs from sophomore defenseman Dan Alles (Rockville Centre, NY). Watkins, who only had one save at halftime, finished with 10.
Citrin was the lone multi-point scorer for Wes. Junior Lex Johnson (Skaneateles, NY) led the defense with two caused turnovers and four groundballs. Sophomore Jasper Kubasek (Belmont, MA) won eight of 13 face-offs for the Cardinals, while Covington recorded 13 saves.
The Jumbos finished with healthy advantages of 45-27 in shots and 36-27 in groundballs.