Mass College Lax Recap: Tufts 9, Colby College 4

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By Jameson Jones 

MEDFORD, MA – The Tufts University Jumbos went into Friday afternoon’s NESCAC match-up against the Colby College Mules looking to rebound following their first loss of the season on Tuesday. And after they earned a comfortable lead, the Jumbos never looked back, as they cruised past the Mules, 9-4.

“[I was] real impressed with their effort, impressed with them just digging in and leaving Tuesday behind and getting after it today,” said Tufts head coach Mike Daly. “[We] put together a clean defensive effort and we’re still growing offensively.”

Tufts (4-1) netted four quick strikes to begin the game, which provided them a 4-0 cushion mid-way through the second frame before Colby (2-2) responded, as junior midfielder Bjorn Knutson fired a rocket past Jumbos sophomore goalkeeper Patton Watkins (10-saves) into the far side of the net to cut the deficit to 4-1 before the break.

Once the second half started, the Jumbos continued their dominance by netting three goals – two of which were recorded by senior midfielder Ben Saperstein.

However, Tufts six-goal advantage eventually erased, as the Mules answered five minutes later with a goal from junior midfielder Garth Franklin, which reduced the deficit to 7-2 after three quarters.

Freshman attacker Cole Bailey tallied an early goal in the fourth quarter to make it 8-2 Jumbos, but again, the Mules answered roughly a minute later with a blast from sophomore attacker James Wyse.

Following Wyse’s goal, there was roughly no scoring for eight minutes until Colby recorded their final strike at 4:53 when junior attacker John Jennings whipped the ball past Watkins. Yet, the Mules comeback hopes were dashed a minute later when sophomore midfielder Beau Wood netted his second goal of the contest, which preserved the win for the Jumbos.

“The first one was just really good defense, we got a quick clear, we ran a fast break. It was just a great overall team effort on that one,” said Wood. “The second goal was a really good ride. We’ve been riding really hard on attack. That’s been a big theme of ours.“

Tufts will return to the grass on Sunday, Mar. 25, as they kick-off a five-game road trip with a match against Western New England, which is scheduled for a 2:00pm face-off.

“Both WNEC (Western New England College) and Trinity are both greats teams. WNEC is out of conference but still a really powerful team. We got [to] get back at it tomorrow and move on from this win and it’s behind us now,” said Wood.

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