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: Assumption’s Smith, Mack Set Records As Assumption Holds On For 15-14 Win Over AIC

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the men’s lacrosse game, which saw two player set records in a 15-14 win over AIC:

Springfield, Mass. (April 5) — In a back-and-forth game on Saturday afternoon, the Assumption College men’s lacrosse team held off American International for a 15-14 road win at Abdow Field on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference play. Assumption built a 15-12 lead midway thru the fourth quarter before holding on for the one-goal victory.

In the victory, junior attack Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa) became just the fifth player in Assumption history to reach the 100-point plateau for his career. He also became the Assumption College all-time career goals leader as he now has 94 for his career, breaking the previous mark of 91 held by Justin Cecil.

Assumption jumped out to an early 3-1 lead midway thru the first quarter as sophomore Connor Munisteri (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) had a pair of goals that included a man-up score with 7:49 left in the opening period. The Yellow jackets answered with a 5-0 scoring run however, led by a pair of goals each from both Bobby Spano and Eric Overdahl, to seize the 6-3 edge early in the second. The Hounds put together a 5-1 spurt of its own though to regain the lead at 8-7 on a goal by Munisteri that was assisted on by senior Ian Mack (Avon, Conn./Avon). Mack ended the game with seven assists, setting the Assumption College single-game record for assists as the previous mark of six had stood for nearly two decades.

Overdahl capped the first-half scoring with his third goal of the period as the teams headed into the halftime break tied up at 8-8. Justin Bard gave the Jackets a two-goal lead early in the third quarter and the hosts continued to lead at 12-11 with 4:19 remaining in the period after the 27th goal of the season from Bard.

Smith scored a man-up goal with just 1:10 left in the third that was assisted on by junior Paul Curran (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) as he sparked a 4-0 run that seemingly put the Hounds in control at 15-12 with 8:35 remaining in the game. Overdahl cut the deficit to two with 5:53 remaining, followed by a goal by Nick Amendt to make it a one-goal game with just 2:11 left. The Hounds hung on however to even their record at 5-5 overall with the team’s second straight win.

Junior Will Contento (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) made 11 saves to pick up the victory, while Le Moyne’s Perry Booker had 15 stops in the loss.

Smith led the offense with four goals, along with three from Munisteri, two goals and three assists by Curran and the record-setting seven-assist game by Mack. Overdahl led the Yellow Jackets with five goals, along with four by Bard and three from Spano.

For the game, Assumption held a slight 38-36 edge in overall shots while forcing 17 American International turnovers. The Hounds were also very efficient in man-up offense and man-down defense in a game that featured 17 total penalties. Assumption converted 6-of-10 man-up chances, while holding the Yellow Jackets to just one goal in seven opportunities.

Assumption also held a 19-12 edge in faceoffs won as sophomore Nick Guarino (Avon, Conn./Avon) won 19-of-31 attempts. The Yellow Jackets had the 16-12 advantage in ground balls in the game, including 8-4 in the first half of play.

With the win, Assumption is now 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the Northeast-10, while American International falls to 1-11 overall and 1-8 in league play.

Assumption is back in action on Tuesday, April 8th as the team hosts Adelphi University for a 7 p.m. start. The game is also the Wounded Warrior Project game for the Hounds as the team looks to raise money for this worthy cause.