Jumbo Men's Lacrosse Overcomes Sluggish Start to Earn Sixth Straight Win, 16-5 over Babson

Cole Bailey's three goals included man-up and man-down tallies

MEDFORD - Visiting Babson netted the first three goals, but Tufts outscored the Beavers 16-2 the rest of the way to take a 16-5 non-conference men's lacrosse win at Bello Field on Tuesday night.

Eight players scored goals for #4 Tufts, which won its sixth straight and improved to 6-2. Senior Ben Saperstein (Hewlett, NY) and sophomores Cole Bailey (Millersville, MD) and Chris Schoenhut (Mill Neck, NY) all scored three goals for the Jumbos. Bailey added two assists for a five-point game. Freshman Alex Salazar (Summit, NJ), making his first collegiate start, was strong in goal with 18 saves.

The Beavers lost for the fifth time in six games, falling to 4-5. Sophomore Phil Russo (Middleton, MA) had a goal, an assist, and won 13 face-offs to lead the Beavers.

Goals by Scott Doten (Western Springs, IL), senior Mike Griffin (Duxbury, MA), and Russo gave Babson a 3-0 lead at the halfway point of the first quarter. The Jumbos were able to erase the deficit and lead 4-3 by the end of the period, including two goals by Saperstein, a man-up goal by Bailey, and a long-stick tally by sophomore Garrett Read (Medfield, MA).

The Jumbos had a six-goal run overall and led 6-3 after sophomore Beau Wood's (Sherwood Forest, MD) goal at 9:33 of the second. Junior Alex Packer (Hudson, OH) pulled the Beavers within 6-4 and it was just 7-4 Jumbos at intermission.

Tufts would out-score Babson 9-1 in the second half, including 4-0 in the third quarter. Bailey had a man-down goal for Tufts at 7:59 of the third, and junior Dan Leventhal's (Chappaqua, NY) strike at 3:27 put the Jumbo advantage at 11-4 heading into the fourth. Salazar made five saves while blanking the Beavers in the period.

Leventhal completed another six-goal run by the hosts that put the margin at 13-4 with 9:48 remaining in regulation. Babson freshman Spencer Low (Natick, MA) broke the run at 9:28 of the third, but the Jumbos finished up with a pair by Schoenhut and a final goal by Bailey.

The Jumbos are averaging 17.3 goals in three games during their current homestand. In addition to Salazar's goaltending, senior John Heard (Greenwich, CT) caused four turnovers on defense. Junior Kane Delaney (Brookeville, MD) collected seven groundballs and Read finished with five.

Sophomore Alex Bunick (Millis, MA) led the Beavers with six groundballs. Senior goalie James Whalen (Westwood, MA) made 10 saves.

Shots were an even 40-40 in the game, while Tufts produced a 39-33 advantage in groundballs. The teams combined for 42 turnovers, including 23 by Babson.

The Jumbos are home next on Saturday when they host Williams in a NESCAC game starting at 1 pm. Babson is at Manhattanville on Friday at 4 pm.

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