HADLEY, Mass. Tufts won the 2010 NCAA Mens Lacrosse Tournament on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., over Salisbury, 9-6. It is the first NCAA title for the Jumbos in any sport, as they opened up the game with a 7-1 lead over the eight-time champion Sea Gulls and held them scoreless for 20:44 in the second half, the longest scoring drought for Salisbury this season. Tufts is the second NESCAC team to win a NCAA Mens Lacrosse title, after Middlebury won three consecutive crowns from 2000 through 2002.
HADLEY, Mass. For the first time in program history, Tufts University is heading to the championship game of the NCAA Mens Lacrosse Tournament. The Jumbos defeated a pair of former national champions this past week en route to Sundays title game against eight-time champion Salisbury. On Wednesday, Tufts overcame Middlebury 11-9 in a rematch of the 2010 NESCAC Mens Lacrosse Championship, then traveled to Cortland St. on Sunday and recovered from a 7-3 deficit to win 10-9.
HADLEY, Mass. It will be a rematch of the 2010 NESCAC Mens Lacrosse Championship this Wednesday at Bello Field in Medford when Middlebury and Tufts clash for the third time this season. The Panthers and the Jumbos are still alive in the NCAA Tournament after picking up victories in the early rounds last week. Tufts has won both meetings with Middlebury this season, all coming at home. The Jumbos earned a 10-5 victory in the regular season on April 24, then overcame the Panthers 13-12 for the 2010 NESCAC Mens Lacrosse title on May 9.
HADLEY, Mass. Tufts senior defenseman Eytan Saperstein (Hewlett, N.Y.) earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors for May 10, 2010. Saperstein helped the Jumbos win their first NESCAC title over the weekend. He scooped a team-high five ground balls in Saturdays 11-10 win over defending champ Wesleyan, then had eight more in Sundays 13-12 final against Middlebury. Saperstein also set the tone defensively for Tufts, as it was 19-for-21 on clears in Sundays final.
HADLEY, Mass. Wesleyan senior attacker Jon Killeen (Derry, N.H.) was named NESCAC Player of the Week for May 3, 2010. Killeen racked up six goals and three assists for nine points in a 1-1 weekend at Connecticut College, as Wesleyan fell 7-5 to close the regular season on Friday before shocking the top-seeded Camels in the quarterfinals of the 2010 NESCAC Mens Lacrosse Championship on Sunday, 6-5.
HADLEY, Mass. Seniors Whit McCarthy (Darien, Conn.) of Colby and Lonny Blumenthal (Ballwin, Mo.) of Wesleyan shared NESCAC Player of the Week honors for April 26, 2010. McCarthy had nine goals and an assist for 10 points during a 2-0 week for the Mules. Blumenthal led the defending NESCAC champion Cardinals to their 13th consecutive victory over Amherst and a berth in the upcoming 2010 NESCAC Mens Lacrosse Championship, scoring a career-high seven goals in a 16-8 win on Saturday.
HADLEY, Mass. Senior goalkeeper Stephen Vrla (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) of Williams earned NESCAC Player of the Week for April 19, 2010. Vrla combined to make 28 saves during a 1-1 week for the Ephs, posting a .700 save percentage and a 5.81 goals against average over the two games. After making nine stops in a 7-6 setback at Union on Wednesday, Vrla recorded 19 saves in a 6-5 overtime victory against Wesleyan on Saturday to keep the Ephs hopes for a home contest in the NESCAC quarterfinals alive.
HADLEY, Mass. Junior attacker Russell Halliday (Sudbury, Mass.) of Bowdoin and sophomore goalkeeper Steven Foglietta (Oceanside, N.Y.) of Tufts shared NESCAC Player of the Week for April 12, 2010. Halliday racked up six goals and three assists over two games last week, as the Polar Bears earned two critical NESCAC victories. Foglietta recorded a 3.41 goals against average and a .778 save percentage (21-for-27) during a 2-0 week that kept the undefeated Jumbos tied with Connecticut College for first place in the NESCAC.
HADLEY, Mass. Senior attacker Steve Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) of Connecticut College was chosen as the NESCAC Player of the Week for April 5, 2010. Dachille tallied five times in both of the Camels one-goal victories last week, as Connecticut College improved to 8-0 on the season and 4-0 in NESCAC play. Saturday afternoon at Bowdoin, Dachille netted the game-winner in overtime as the Camels erased a five-goal halftime deficit to earn an 8-7 decision over the Polar Bears.
HADLEY, Mass. Colby junior midfielder Craig Bunker (Topsfield, Mass.) was chosen as NESCAC Player of the Week for March 29, 2010. Bunker won .759 percent of his face-offs (41-for-54) and scooped an average 8.0 ground balls per game during a 2-1 week for the Mules, which included an 8-7 overtime win at Trinity on Saturday. He leads the nation in face-off percentage at .778.
HADLEY, Mass. Tufts junior attacker D.J. Hessler (Monkton, Md.) was named NESCAC Player of the Week for March 22, 2010. Hessler tallied two game-winners last week as part of a five-goal, five-assist effort in a 2-0 week for the Jumbos. On Saturday at Colby, Hessler had three goals, scoring the last two goals of the game for Tufts in a 10-9 win. Hesslers man-down goal with 3:54 to play broke a 9-9 tie and proved to be the decisive goal. He also had two man-up goals last week.
HADLEY, Mass. Goalkeepers Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) of Connecticut College and Ryan Deane (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) of Middlebury shared NESCAC Player of the Week for March 15, 2010. Moccia posted a .839 save percentage and a 3.33 goals against average during back-to-back wins for the Camels over the weekend. In his first career start for the Panthers, Deane made 20 saves to help his squad earn a 9-6 victory at Bates on Saturday, a .769 save percentage.