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Early Seven-Goal Run Leads Men's Lacrosse to 12-8 NESCAC Victory At Amherst College
|Freshman Garrett Clarke netted his first collegiate goal for Tufts
AMHERST - Trailing by two midway through the first quarter, Tufts (9-3, 5-2 NESCAC) scored seven straight goals to seize control and went on to a 12-8 victory at Amherst College on Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field.
The #4 Jumbos improve to 11-1 against the Jeffs over the last 10 years. Amherst's last victory over the Jumbos came during the 2003 campaign. Despite junior Devin Acton's four goals, Amherst fell to 4-7 (2-5 NESCAC) on the season.
Quinn Moroney had a goal and assist for the Jeffs, while Ramsey Bates, Dylan Park, and Jeff Izzo accounted for the squad's three other scores. Junior Beau Wood (Sherwood Forest, MD) paced Tufts with four goals, while sophomore Chris Schoenhut (Mill Neck, NY) turned in a hat trick. Senior captain Andrew Fiamengo (New Fairfield, CT), freshman Garrett Clarke (Ridgewood, NJ), and junior Peter Bowers (Berwyn, PA) each recorded a tally, while sophomore Cole Bailey (Millersville, MD) finished with two goals and a helper.
Intercepting a pass in the midfield inside of the 11-minute mark, Bates carried it into the offensive zone before finding Park. Spinning past a defender, the freshman attackman ripped a hard shot into the upper right corner to put the home team on the board.
Moroney upped the margin to 2-0 with a wrap-around goal at 7:53, but Tufts closed out the period with four unanswered scores. Wood and Schoenhut got the run started with a pair of goals just over a minute apart before Fiamengo gave the Jumbos their first lead with 2:17 left in the quarter. With just 21 seconds on the clock, Tufts capitalized in transition as Wood went five-hole on Amherst goalkeeper Thomas Gilligan after receiving a Kane Delaney (Brookeville, MD) pass on the left side.
Deflecting a Fiamengo shot into net at 7:12 of the second quarter, Schoenhut extended the margin to three. Winning the ensuing faceoff, senior Brian Ruggiero (Huntington, NY) pushed the ball up-field before finding Schoenhut for the sophomore's second goal in eight seconds. Finding space in front, Bailey made it 7-2 with Tufts' third tally over a span of 42 seconds before Izzo ranged to his left and ended Amherst's dry-spell by tucking a shot inside the near post at 4:20.
Moving to his left early in the third, Ruggiero rifled a high shot into the cage at 14:04 before Bailey came around the right side and beat Gilligan with a low try less than three minutes later. Bouncing a shot past freshman goalie Alex Salazar (Summit, NJ), Acton pulled the Purple & White back with five at 9-4. Recording another score at the 4:08 mark of the third, Acton cut the deficit to four before Bates ripped a rising shot into the upper left corner to trim it to 9-6.
Ending the Amherst's 3-0 spurt, Clarke pushed the lead back to four with 11:50 to go in regulation before Wood buried his third of the day with under nine minutes left. After another Wood score made it 12-6, Acton registered a pair of tallies just six seconds apart, but it was too little, too late with the Jumbos holding onto a four-goal margin of victory.
Amherst finished with a 43-41 shot advantage, while Tufts held a 49-43 edge in groundballs and won 13 of 24 face offs. Salazar made 13 saves to improve to 4-1, while Gilligan made 10 stops. Gilligan, Moroney, and Bates each had four ground balls for Amherst, while Rob Butko caused a team-high three turnovers. Ruggiero tracked down six groundballs to lead Tufts, while senior Matt Callahan (Acton, MA) had five ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Amherst closes out its home schedule on Tuesday in a Senior Day match-up against #14 Connecticut College. Tufts also has its Seniors Day on Tuesday before a 7 pm conference tilt versus Bates.