Hartford, Conn. – Senior tri-captain midfielder Beau Wood (Sherwood Forest, Md.) and junior attackman Chris Schoenhut (Mill Neck, N.Y.) scored five goals apiece to lead the visiting Tufts University Jumbos to a 22-8 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s lacrosse action this afternoon on Jessee/Miller Field. Trinity drops to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the NESCAC with its first loss in three games, while the No. 4-ranked Jumbos improve to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the league.
Tufts led, 4-0, early as sophomore attackman John Uppgren (Stillwater, Minn.) fed Schoenhut on two Jumbo goals in the first eight minutes. Junior attackman Ben Preston (Darien, Conn.) broke the Bantam scoring drought with a goal from senior tri-captain midfielder Terence Olsen (Avon, Conn.) at the 5:15 mark of the first, but the Jumbos outscored Trinity, 9-0, over the rest of the first half.
Trailing, 13-1, at the break, Trinity outscored Tufts, 6-4, in the third quarter with senior attackman Chase Growney (Berwyn, Pa.) picking up a goal plus three assists in the period and junior midfielder James O’Connell (Middleton, Mass.) scoring twice. The Jumbos opened the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run, before Bantam junior attackman Jeff Rautiola (Acton, Mass.) closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal with 1:20 remaining in the game.
Junior attackman Matthew Hauck (Ridgewood, N.J.) joined Growney and O’Connell as a multiple-point scorer for the Bantams with one goal and one assist to go with three ground balls. Junior goalies Mickey Zaverucha (Duxbury, Mass.) and Riley Cahill (South Glastonbury, Conn.) had 13 and seven saves, respectively, for Trinity. Uppgren finished with a goal and a game-high four assists, and junior attackman Cole Bailey (Millersville, Md.) added two goals and three assists. Tufts won, 24 of 33 face-offs, led by junior midfielder Ryan Le (San Jose, Calif.) who won 12 of his 13 opportunities with a game-high eight ground balls. Tufts senior goalie Patton Watkins (Chattanooga, Tenn.) made eight saves and caused three turnovers before yielding to sophomore Alex Salazar (Summit, N.J.) who totaled five stops in the fourth quarter. Tufts outshot the Bantams, 63-41, and held a 40-to-25 edge on ground balls, while the teams combined for 39 turnovers.