Second Quarter Rally Sends No. 1 Tufts Past No. 5 Keene State, 24-16

Tufts Jumbos LogoBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

For a moment, it appeared Keene State – our No. 5 team in this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Men’s Lacrosse Poll – was going to upset our No. 1 squad, Tufts.

However, that possibility – or thought – was dashed, as the Jumbos overcame a three-goal deficit by closing the second quarter on a 7-1 run en route to a 24-16 win over the Owls on Wednesday afternoon in Medford.

Tufts’ John Cordrey registered five points on three goals and two assists, while Austin Carbone recorded a pair of goals and assists.

Wednesday’s victory was the Jumbos’ second win of the season – this past weekend, the Powder Blue and White defeated Stevens by a score of 19-6.

Keene State jumped out to a one-goal lead after the initial quarter, thanks to a pair of goals by Tyler ReillyBryan Rotatori, who netted the game’s first goal, concluded the session with one assist – the helper came on Reilly’s first goal of the quarter.

Tufts’ Danny Murphy evened the score at 4-4 with 11:56 remaining in the second quarter before Keene State’s Hunter Arnold jumpstarted a three-goal run by scoring on a man-up with 10:41 left in the frame.

The Jumbos would respond, netting seven of the next eight goals to enter the break with an 11-8 advantage. Their momentum would continue in the second half, outscoring the Owls over the final two frames, 13-8.

Rotatori concluded the contest with three goals and three assists, while Reilly registered a trio of strikes.

Tufts returns to action Friday, March 10th when they host Middlebury, while Keene State is off until next Monday, March 13th when they face Nichols in Clermont, Florida.

New England D3Lax Notebook: Tufts’ Uppgren Makes History In 19-6 Win Over SUNY Cortland

Tufts senior John Uppgren became the third NCAA Division III lacrosse player to reach 400 career points. (Photo Credit: Lacrosse Magazine)

Tufts senior John Uppgren became the third NCAA Division III lacrosse player to reach 400 career points. (Photo Credit: Lacrosse Magazine)

By Matt Noonan 

Last Saturday was a historical day for Tufts senior John Uppgren, who became the third NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse player to record 400 career points.

Uppgren registered nine points on five goals and four assists as the Jumbos defeated SUNY Cortland, 19-6, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The senior attacker reached the 400-point mark when he located Zach Richman for a fourth quarter tally, which was part of a 14-1 run.

Prior to reaching 400 career points, Uppgren eclipsed the 100-point mark for the third consecutive season. He currently has 113 points on 60 goals and 53 assists.

The Jumbos will continue their march to Philadelphia when they host top-ranked Ithaca on Wednesday at Bello Field. The Bombers entered the tournament as the top team in the land, but the Jumbos received a higher seed before their initial postseason contests against Emmanuel.

Tufts or Ithaca will be the site of Sunday’s semifinal against the winner of Amherst-St. Lawrence.

Mass. College Sports: Recapping The 2015 College Sports Season

Allyson Fournier capped her four-years in Medford by guiding the Tufts softball team to three national championships. (Photo Credit: Boston.com)

Allyson Fournier capped her four-years in Medford by guiding the Tufts softball team to three national championships. (Photo Credit: Boston.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

2015 was a special year for college athletics in the Bay State.

And before we press fast-forward to 2016, let’s take a look back at some of the biggest stories and headlines from this past year.

* The Tufts University men’s lacrosse team captured its third NCAA title, including the program’s second consecutive crown with a 19-11 victory against Lynchburg.

* Allyson Fournier navigated the Tufts softball team to its third consecutive title as the four-time All-American pitcher helped the Jumbos defeat Texas-Tyler, 7-4.

Tufts concluded the 2015 season with a 51-0 record, while becoming the first Division III softball team to win three consecutive national championships.

* The Boston University men’s ice hockey team captured the Beanpot and Hockey East – the program’s eighth conference title – while earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Terriers advanced to the ‘Frozen Four’ championship, but fell to Providence College on Causeway Street in Boston.

* Amherst College saw its men’s soccer program capture its initial NCAA title earlier this month with a 2-1victory against Loras. Bryce Ciambella netted the game-winning goal in the 55th minute to lift the Jeffs to victory.

* The Williams College women’s soccer team won its first-ever championship, thanks to a first half marker by Kristina Alvarado, which helped the Ephs defeat Washington (Mo.), 1-0.

* On the gridiron, the Assumption College football team captured the Northeast-10 Conference championship, defeating New Haven, 17-14. Cody Lynn connected with Alex Shain on a one-yard touchdown strike midway through the fourth quarter, which helped the Hounds rally from a five-point deficit.

The Hounds then went onto capture a first-round NCAA Division II tournament game, defeating Bowie State by a score of 51-29. Marc Monks accounted for four touchdowns during his team’s 11th win of the season.

* The Tufts football team finished its eight-game slate with a 6-2 record, winning six games for the first time since 2001. The Jumbos capped their campaign with a 31-28 victory against Middlebury College.

* Amherst College concluded its 2015 football season with an 8-0 ledger, along with the program’s sixth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown. The Jeffs won the championship last season and shared the crown with Middlebury College and Wesleyan University in 2013.

* The Babson College men’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals for the first-time in program history after rallying past Trinity College (Conn.) in the regional final. Joey Flannery sent the game to overtime with a layup late in the second stanza before Matthew Droney punched the Green and White’s ticket to the semifinals with a trifecta with 54 seconds remaining in overtime.

Babson ended its 2014-15 campaign with 29 victories, along with their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship since 2004.

* The MIT women’s lacrosse team captured the program’s first-ever NEWMAC crown, defeating Wellesley College and Springfield College. The Engineers season concluded with the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory against Regis College (Mass.).

MIT’s Emily Young finished her first season with the Cardinal and Gray by tallying 86 points on 75 goals and 11 assists.

* The Williams women’s tennis team capped its 2015 season with a 5-4 victory against Emory in the national championship. Linda Shin secured the title with a second-set victory.

Williams has now defeated Emory for the title four times (2002, 2010, 2013 and 2015) and lead Division III in women’s tennis titles with nine crowns.

* The Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team won the program’s first-ever NCAA Division II tournament game by beating Adelphi in the quarterfinals. The victory avenged a conference tournament setback to the Panthers.

* Stonehill College signal-caller Matt Foltz made headlines during the fourth week of the season by engineering a trio of touchdown drives during the final 62 seconds as the Skyhawks rallied to beat LIU Post, 40-37. Foltz capped the rally with a last-second heave to Corey White in the end zone.

Mass. College Sports: Recapping An Exciting 2014-15 Year in Div. III

By Matt Noonan 

It has been an extremely exciting 10 months of Division III College sports.

Tufts University highlighted the school year by winning a trio of championships in men’s soccer, men’s lacrosse and softball. The Jumbos’ softball team accomplished a feat that had never occurred in Division III, winning three consecutive World Series crowns (2013, 2014 and 2015). The men’s lacrosse team captured its second straight title (and third since 2010) by defeating Lynchburg, 19-11, while the men’s soccer team earned its first national championship with a 4-2 win over Wheaton College (Ill.).

Babson College also appeared in the headlines following its amazing come-from-behind win against Trinity College in the Sectional Finals. Trailing the Bantams, 41-33, entering the second stanza, the Beavers rallied by outscoring their opponent, 33-25, which extended the content into overtime. In the extra session, Joey Flannery converted three free throws, John Wickey sank a jumper, Matthew Droney scored a three-pointer and Sam Bohmiller hit a pair of free throws to clinch the victory and send Babson to its first-ever semifinal.

For the second year in a row, the Tufts women’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals. Carla Berube was presented the Pat Summitt Trophy as the 2015 United States Marine Corps/ Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division III Coach of the Year in April. Under Berube, the Jumbos won back-to-back New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) titles (2014 and 2015).

MIT made its initial appearance in the NCAA Tournament and won its first-ever postseason contest against Husson College. Trailing the Eagles, 20-17, Tucker Cheyne booted a 38-yard field goal at the end of regulation that evened the score at 20-20. In the extra session, the Engineers secured the victory when Peter Williams hooked up with Seve Esparrago for a 13-yard touchdown strike.

The Amherst College men’s ice hockey team came within one game of the national championship. The Jeffs earned a semifinal matchup with Wisconsin-Stevens Point following a dramatic 4-3 victory over Norwich University. Mike Rowbotham extended the Jeffs’ season with an overtime goal – his ninth of the season (at the time) – that helped Amherst edge the Cadets. Trinity would up winning the national title, defeating Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 5-2.

A 1-0 victory against Johns Hopkins University sent the Williams College women’s soccer team to the finals. The Ephs, however, fell to Lynchburg in penalty kicks following a scoreless tie after two full halves of soccer, along with a pair of overtime periods. Audrey Thomas scored the lone goal in Williams’ win over Johns Hopkins in the semifinal. Prior to their semifinal and final appearances, the Ephs claimed tournament wins over Lasell College, Ithaca College, Roger Williams University and TCNJ.

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: News & Notes From Yesterday’s Amherst, Tufts NCAA Victories

By Matt Noonan 

Additional notes on yesterday’s NCAA Division III Tournament victories by Amherst College and Tufts University.

* Amherst College’s women’s lacrosse team will be making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Division III semifinals on Saturday when the Jeffs take on Salisbury University in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The last time the Jeffs competed in the semifinals was in 2004.

* Amherst’s 19 wins are the most the Jeffs have recorded in program-history. The Jeffs’ 18 wins – recorded by the 2003 national championship squad – was the most victories recorded in a season prior to yesterday’s win over TCNJ.

* The Jeffs, who started the season 14-0, finished 10-0 in Amherst. They’re also 22-9 all-time in 11 NCAA Tournament play and 6-2 in quarterfinal contests.

* Yesterday’s win for the Jeffs against the Lions was their fourth in seven postseason meetings with TCNJ. The Lions previously defeated the Jeffs in the second round in 2012.

* Tufts University’s men’s lacrosse team will be making its third appearance in the championship on Sunday when the Jumbos meet Salisbury University at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Maryland, the home of the Baltimore Ravens.

* Tufts has faced-off against Salisbury twice in the title game with the Jumbos prevailing in 2010, while the Sea Gulls captured the 2011 meeting.

* According to the Tufts Athletics Website, the Jumbos’ 21-11 victory snapped RIT’s 30-game home winning streak (spanned the last three seasons). Also, the last time the Tigers surrendered 20 goals in a game was on March 3, 2010, a 20-10 setback to Stevenson.

Media Coverage:

* From the Democratic & Chronicle’s coverage of yesterday’s RIT-Tufts semifinal contest: “We know there’s a certain amount of plays in a lacrosse game and we made more of them today than they made. They ended our season last year and we remember that and remember what that felt like. What they’re going through right now, we know hat that feels,” Tufts head coach Mike Daly said.

* The Daily Hampshire Gazette recaps the Jeffs’ quarterfinal win in their ‘Weekend Colleges’ roundup

Mass. College Lax: Amherst, Tufts Caps Weekend With NCAA Tourney Wins

Tufts' men's lacrosse team advanced to its third NCAA Tournament Championship next weekend with a 21-11 semifinal victory over RIT this afternoon! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Tufts’ men’s lacrosse team advanced to its third NCAA Tournament Championship next weekend with a 21-11 semifinal victory over RIT this afternoon! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Both Amherst College and Tufts University punched their tickets to the final weekend of the 2014 college lacrosse season with tournament semifinal and quarterfinal victories this afternoon. The Jeffs rallied to defeat TCNJ, 8-5, while the Jumbos defeated RIT, 21-11.

Below is each contest’s summary.

Amherst 8, TCNJ 5: Trailing the Lions, 5-4, in the second half, the Jeffs rallied with a 4-0 run, sparked by Krista Zsitvay that helped the hosts claim its 22nd NCAA Tournament victory, as well as a trip to next weekend’s semifinal against Salisbury.

Zsitvay led the Purple and White with four markers, Rachel Passarelli recorded four points on three goals and one helper and Alex Philie capped the scoring with one tally at 1:24 in the second session.

Amherst goaltender Christy Forrest turned away six shots and improved to 19-2 overall.

Tufts 21, RIT 11: The Jumbos improved to 3-1 all-time against the Tigers as they overcame a 4-2 deficit in the opening session to go onto win their semifinal matchup in Rochester.

Beau Wood paced the Powder Blue and White with eight points on seven tallies and one helper, while Cole Bailey chipped in five markers and one assist. John Uppgren and Ben Andreycak each recorded hat tricks and goaltender Patton Watkins finished with 20 stops and bumped his record to 19-1.

With the win, Tufts (20-2) advances to next Sunday’s NCAA Division III Championship against the winner of Salisbury-Washington College. This will be the third time Tufts has competed in the finals. They won the championship in 2010 against Salisbury, but lost to them the following season.