GLASSBORO, N.J. – Senior captain and forward Nathan Majumder tallied his first game-winning goal of the season in the 29th minute, as the Tufts University men's soccer team defeated No. 9 Rowan University, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament Sunday at Rowan Soccer Field in Glassboro, New Jersey.
The Jumbos (11-5-2, 6-2-2 in NESCAC) will compete against No. 15 UMass-Boston in third-round action of the NCAA Tournament Saturday (Nov. 19). The Beacons (18-1-3, 5-1-1 in Little East Conference) defeated No. 13 Haverford College, 1-1, (4-2 PKs) in the second round Sunday, while they defeated Kean University, 3-0, in the first round Saturday. The Profs' season comes to an end, as they defeated Lehman College (10-4-3, 6-0-2 in CUNYAC), 4-0, in the first round Saturday.
Senior goalkeeper Scott Greenwood (10-4-1) posted eight saves in the game, as he now has nine shutouts on the season. The Weymouth, Massachusetts, native has a program-leading 36 career shutouts. Sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Dennis (17-2-1) recorded four saves for the Profs, as he was tagged with the loss.
The Profs (17-3-1, 7-1-1 in NJAC) posted the first shot on goal in the seventh minute, as Greenwood saved a header shot by junior midfielder Tyler Logar. Junior back Conor Coleman recorded a header shot in the 14th minute, but it was saved by Dennis.
Sophomore forward Shane Doherty, who posted a game-high four shots on net for the Profs, fired a shot on net in the 23rd minute, but it was turned away by Greenwood. Majumder then scored his third goal of the season from 10 yards out with less than 17 minutes remaining in the first half assisted by senior back Daniel Sullivan.
Greenwood came up with another big save in the 30th minute, as he turned aside a drive by sophomore back Will Sjaastad. Majumder fired a shot in the 41st minute, but the drive went over the net.
The Profs applied a great deal of pressure in the second half, as they outshot the Jumbos, 8-2. Greenwood made saves on shots by Doherty in the 54th and 55th minutes, as he allowed the Jumbos to maintain their one-goal lead. Junior midfielder Kevin Halliday, who totaled a team-high three shots, tallied a header shot in the 57th minute, but Dennis came up with a clutch save for the Profs.
In the 69th minute, Doherty fired another shot on goal, but Greenwood stood tall with a save. Greenwood denied an attempt by senior forward Vinny Ignatowicz in the 71st minute. Halliday tried to give the Jumbos a two-goal cushion in the 78th minute, but Dennis denied the shot, keeping the Profs in the game. Greenwood made his final save of the game in the 89th minute, as he stopped sophomore back Brian Dziobak's header shot.
The Profs held a 13-7 advantage in shots during the game, while also leading the shots-on-goal category, 8-5. The Jumbos attempted six corner kicks, while the Profs attempted five. The Profs were whistled for 15 fouls and were the recipients of one yellow-card booking, while the Jumbos were guilty of six infractions.