Jumbo Men's Lacrosse Builds Big Early Lead, Wins NESCAC Game over Williams 12-7

Long-stick Kane Delaney scored twice for Tufts

MEDFORD - Senior captain Andrew Fiamengo (New Fairfield, CT) and sophomore Chris Schoenhut (Mill Neck, NY) both scored three goals in the first half as the #4 Tufts men's lacrosse team led 9-1 at intermission and went on to a 12-7 victory against Williams in NESCAC action at Bello Field on Saturday.

The victory was the seventh in a row for the Jumbos, who improved to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the league. Five Jumbos had three points in the game, as senior Ben Saperstein (Hewlett, NY), junior Beau Wood (Sherwood Forest, MD), and sophomore Cole Bailey (Millersville, MD) all finished with a goal and two assists.

The Ephs lost their second in a row, dropping to 3-5 overall and 2-4 NESCAC. Senior Colton Growney (Berwyn, PA) and sophomore Steven Kiesel (Excelsior, MN) both tallied two goals with an assist in the game.

The Jumbos scored on the opening face-off, with Fiamengo converting 26 seconds into the game. The Tufts lead was 3-0 before Wiliams got on the scoreboard with 1:57 left in the first quarter when Growney passed to freshman Jack Lauroesch (Corning, NY) for the goal.

That would be all for the Ephs in the first 30 minutes. Tufts scored the next six, including four in the final 4:20 of the second period to open up a 9-1 lead. The Jumbos out-shot the Ephs 23-8 in the first two quarters.

The teams would split four goals in the third quarter, with Growney and senior tri-captain Evan Dedominicis (Greenville, DE) scoring for Williams and junior long-stick Kane Delaney (Brookeville, MD) netting both for Tufts. The Jumbos led 11-3 heading into the fourth.

Williams would win the fourth 4-1, with Kiesel scoring all three of his points (two goals) in the period.

The Jumbos won handily despite losing face-offs 18-5 for the afternoon. Williams junior David Lee (Hillsborough, CA) finished 18 for 23 in the game.

Defensively, senior John Heard (Greenwich, CT) recorded two caused turnovers and scooped up two groundballs for Tufts. The hosts had 10 players cause turnovers in total. Freshman goalie Alex Salazar (Summit, NJ) won with eight saves. Bailey added six groundballs to his offensive output.

Freshman Ryan Hamilton (Ridgewood, NJ) and junior Stephen Upton (Alexandria, VA) both caused two turnovers for the Ephs, with Hamilton collecting three groundballs. Sophomore Dan Whittam (Allendale, NJ) stopped 10 shots in the Williams goal.

Tufts finished with a 38-31 count in shots, though Williams won groundballs 36-30. The Jumbos held the Ephs without a goal on five extra-man opportunities and scored once in four of their own chances.

Tufts faces #13 Middlebury at Bello tomorrow. Game time is 1 pm. Williams will host non-league action against Union on Wednesday at 6 pm.

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