Mass. College Lax Notebook: No. 3 Tufts Rolls Past No. 8 Endicott

Tufts' Cole Bailey recorded nine points this evening, netting five goals and dishing out four assists. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)
Tufts’ Cole Bailey recorded nine points this evening, netting five goals and dishing out four assists. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Third-ranked Tufts University scored an impressive win this evening, downing the eighth-ranked Endicott Colllege, 22-6, in Beverly.

Tufts’ Cole Bailey paced all scorers, including the Powder Blue and White with nine points on five goals and four assists. John Uppgren contributed four goals and four helpers.

Will Jennings led the Gulls with four goals, Kyle Weber netted one marker and Colin Bannon registered one goal and one assist in the setback.

Eight consecutive goals in the opening frame helped the Jumbos secure the lead for good. Uppgren commenced the 8-0 run by locating Zach Richman, who buried the feed past Endicott’s Cameron Bell. Jennings netted a pair in the second for Endicott, including a man-up goal, but the Jumbos countered, netting three consecutive tallies to secure a 13-4 cushion at the break.

Bell turned away 10 of 29 shots and Tufts’ Alex Salazar deflected 16 of 21 attempts. The Jumbos won the battle of the ground balls, scooping 54 grounders, while converting 22 of 25 clear attempts. Conor Helfrich and Ryan Le combined for 21 face-off victories.

Western New England halted Roger Williams’ eight-game winning streak by defeating the Hawks in Springfield, 11-4. Jon Bota led the Golden Bears with a hat trick, Justin Bard and Patrick Dillon netted a pair, and Brandon Body turned away 13 shots between the pipes.

Tim Kelly sliced the four-goal deficit for the visiting Hawks in the second quarter before teammate Jon Gomer brought Roger Williams within one goal at 8:53 in the third quarter. Western New England – leading 4-3 – stretched its advantage with a four-goal run, spanning the third and fourth quarters to push ahead for good.

Trailing 5-2 at the break, the Mount Ida Mustangs rallied with seven third quarter goals to secure an important Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) victory over visiting Lasell College. Mount Ida’s Jon Berry paced the Mustangs with five points on four goals and one assist, while Lucas Stralka dished out a trio of assists. Casey Sullivan led the Lasers with a hat trick and three helpers.

With the victory, the Mustangs find themselves a spot behind first-place Emmanuel College. The Saints, who are 7-0 in conference play, defeated St. Joseph’s College (Maine) in Boston this afternoon by a score of 12-4. Tony Cibelli led the Saints with four goals and one assist.

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Mass. College Lax: Wednesday’s Tourney Scoreboard

WNE's Sean Lawton (24) scored one of his team's seven goals against SUNY Cortland on Wednesday evening! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan)
WNE’s Sean Lawton (24) scored one of his team’s seven goals against SUNY Cortland on Wednesday evening! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan)

By Matt Noonan 

There won’t be a Massachusetts squad in the NCAA Division III lacrosse semifinals on Sunday as Tufts University and Western New England each lost their quarterfinal contests this evening. Below is a summary of each match.

SUNY Cortland 12, WNE 7 – Five third quarter goals sealed the win for the Red Dragons, who’ll meet the Tigers of RIT in the semis.

The Golden Bears, who trailed 3-0 in the first, evened the score with strikes from Adam KnaptonSean Lawton and Jon Bota before Cortland netted two of the next three goals in the second to secure a 5-4 lead at the break.

Ryan Marcus netted two unassisted strikes in the third, which brought WNE within one, but Cortland’s Cody Consul answered to secure the lead for good.

WNE concludes its season 13-7 overall and this year’s Commonwealth Coast Conference champions.

RIT 14, Tufts 5 – The Tigers jumped out to a 10-3 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Jumbos in Rochester.

Chris SchoenhutCole BaileyGarrett ClarkeAndrew Fiamengo and Peter Bowers each recorded one goal, while Patton Watkins finished with 14 saves between the pipes.

Tufts concludes its campaign 16-5 overall and this year’s New England Small College Athletic Conference champions.  

Mass. College Lax: WNE Defeats Endicott, Captures CCC Crown

By Matt Noonan 

BEVERLEY, MA – Adam Knapton and James Reardon each recorded one goal during the final four minutes of the second quarter, which evened the score and provided Western New England with enough momentum to go onto defeat Endicott College in Commonwealth Coast Conference championship this afternoon, 9-5.

The Golden Bears, who joined the conference in 2008, have now won the conference crown four times, three against the Gulls, as well as earned a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament, which starts next Wednesday.

Knapton, Jon Bota and Nick Jez recorded two goals, respectively, while Reardon, Owen Caruso, and George Knapp each registered one tally for Western New England.

Brandon Body picked up his 11th win between the pipes as he deflected 14 of 19 shots.

Endicott’s Connor McCormack finished with a hat trick, while Kyle Webber and Nick Pinciaro netted one strike apiece.

McCormack and Webber provided Endicott with a 3-1 advantage, but Western New England responded by scoring six of the next seven strikes to provide the Golden Bears with the lead for good.

Endicott marched into the final frame trailing Western New England, 6-4, but the Golden Bears ballooned their advantage with two tallies in 47 seconds as Caruso and Knapp each found the back of Cameron Bell’s cage.

McCormack netted a man-up strike at 10:08, which brought the Gulls within three, but Western New England halted a potential rally with their final goal from Jez at 2:25 to seal the win.

After the contest concluded, Body and coach John Klepacki discussed their team’s win, and their interviews are below.