2011 NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Championship
Sunday, May 1
Saturday, May 7 Sunday, May 8
at No. 1 TUF 12, No. 8 CONN 6
at No. 1 TUF 11, No. 7 BOW 10
at No. 1 TUF 13, No. 3 MID 12 - OT
No. 7 BOW 14, at No. 2 AMH 9
No. 3 MID 11, vs. No. 4 TRI 10
at No. 3 MID 10, No. 6 COL 9 - 2OT
at No. 4 TRI 10, No. 5 WES 5
Championship Seeding
Championship Preview
Championship Records

Tufts Earns Second-Straight Men's Lacrosse Title in Overtime, 13-12

Tufts Earns Second-Straight Men's Lacrosse Title in Overtime, 13-12

Courtesy Tufts Sports Information

Box Score

MEDFORD, Mass. – In a thrilling, back-and-forth NESCAC final, the Tufts University men's lacrosse team won its second straight conference title when junior Sean Kirwan (Boonton Township, N.J.) scored with 1:55 remaining in overtime to give the Jumbos a 13-12 victory over Middlebury College on Sunday afternoon at Bello Field.

With Tufts trailing 12-11 in the final moments of regulation, senior co-captain Matt Witko (Chappaqua, N.Y.) scored with nine seconds on the clock to send the game to overtime. Both teams had possessions in the overtime period before Jumbo senior co-captain Alec Bialosky (Moreland Hills, Ohio) fought for a ground ball and put Tufts on offense. That led to Jumbo senior Ryan Molloy's (Setauket, N.Y.) pass to Kirwan in front of the cage, and Tufts' single-season record holder for goals scored to give the Jumbos the title.

Middlebury had trailed 10-6 entering the fourth quarter, but rallied to take leads of 11-10 and 12-11. They scored five straight goals to begin the period, tying the score at 10-10 on senior Alex Giammarco's (Medfield, Mass.) goal with 3:49 on the clock, and then taking their first lead at 11-10 when senior Andrew Conner (Alexandria, Va.) scored at the 2:42 mark.

Jumbo junior Kevin McCormick (Laytonsville, Md.) retaliated with his fourth of the game at 2:17 to knot it at 11-11. Middlebury senior co-captain David Hild (West Hartford, Conn.) then scored his fourth goal of the game to give the Panthers a 12-11 lead with 1:01 remaining in regulation. That led to the dramatic conclusion.

The teams had gone back-and-forth for the entire first half. Tufts got out 2-0, with Molloy scoring and assisting. Middlebury netted the next two, including Hild's first of the game and 40th of the year for a 2-2 score at 3:07 of the first. The teams then traded the next six goals, with Middlebury's John McGoldrick (Norwalk, Conn.) tying the score at 5-5 with 5:45 remaining until halftime.

The Jumbos were able to build some separation over the next 14 minutes of play. Beginning late in the second quarter and running until late in the third, they out-scored Middlebury 5-1 to take a 10-6 advantage on Molloy's goal at 4:08 of the third. Molloy and McCormick both scored twice during the Tufts stretch.

However, Conner started Middlebury's five-goal run at 11:31 of the fourth, and the seven-time NESCAC champions scored six goals overall in the period to extend the game.

Molloy, who had scored with 0.4 seconds remaining in Tufts' 11-10 semi-final win over Bowdoin on Saturday, was the game-high scorer with three goals and three assists. Kirwan netted four goals, giving him 57 on the season to break the Jumbo record of 53 held by current assistant coach Clem McNally from 2009. Jumbo freshman goalie Patton Watkins (Chattanooga, Tenn.) made 22 saves, giving him a NESCAC tournament record 54 saves overall.

The biggest ground ball of the season by Bialosky was one of six that he scooped up, the same total as sophomore Sam Diss (Ridgewood, N.J.).

Hild led Middlebury with five points, while McGoldrick, Conner and sophomore Mike Giordano (Ridgewood, N.J.) all finished with three. Sophomore Brian Foster (Medfield, Mass.) won 15 out of 22 face-offs for the Panthers, while junior Matt Rayner (Andover, Mass.) was one of three Middlebury players with four ground balls. Senior goalie Ryan Deane (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) stopped 12 shots.

Middlebury finished with advantages of 58-48 in shots, 37-31 in ground balls and 17-10 in face-off victories.

Seventh-ranked Tufts (15-2), seeded first in NESCAC's, earns the league's automatic NCAA berth and will begin defense of their 2010 national title next week. Third-seed and Middlebury (12-4) is expected to gain an at-large berth into the NCAA's.

Quarterfinals - Sunday, May 1 at Higher Seeds
at No. 1 Tufts 12, No. 8 Connecticut College 6
No. 7 Bowdoin 14, at No. 2 Amherst 9
at No. 3 Middlebury 10, No. 6 Colby 9 - 2OT
at No. 4 Trinity 10, No. 5 Wesleyan 5

Semifinals - Saturday, May 7 at Tufts
at No. 1 Tufts 11, No. 7 Bowdoin 10
No. 3 Middlebury 11, vs. No. 4 Trinity 10

Championship - Sunday, May 8 at Tufts
at No. 1 Tufts 13, No. 3 Middlebury 12 - OT

            Two of the three doubles matches were tightly contested, with Natasha Brown and Mimi Bell of Amherst earning a 9-7 win over Taylor French and Kristin Alotta at #2. Kathleen Elkins and Caroline Capute of Williams followed with an 8-6 victory over Caroline Richman and Jen Newman in the third slot to put the Ephs on the board.

            Williams’ Lucy Marchese tied the match at 2-2 when she defeated Gabby Devlin 6-0, 6-4 in the #3 singles position. Amherst answered when #1 Jordan Brewer topped Kristin Alotta 6-1, 6-0 to put the Jeffs on top, 3-2. Williams tied the match shortly thereafter, with Nancy Worley topping Carlissa King at #3, 6-3, 6-0.

            The Ephs came within a point of clinching when Elkins defeated Richman 6-4, 6-3 in the #5 position. Williams took home the title with a 5-3 win when Nicole Reich topped Brown 6-4, 6-3 at #5 singles. Amherst’s Lauren King was up a set on Capute when the match was halted.


Final Score: Williams 5, Amherst 3 


Doubles                                                                                                                       Order

1. Brewer/Devlin (A) def. Reich/Marchese (W) – 8-2                                             1

2. Brown/Mimi Bell (A) def. Taylor French/Alotta (W) – 9-7                                2

3. Elkins/Capute (W) def. Richman/Jen Newman (A) – 8-6                                   3



1. Jordan Brewer (A) def. Kristin Alotta (W) – 6-1, 6-0                                           2

2. Nancy Worley (W) def. Carlissa King (A) – 6-3, 6-0                                             3

3. Lucy Marchese (W) def. Gabby Devlin (A) - 6-0, 6-4                                           1

4. Kathleen Elkins (W) def. Caroline Richman (A) – 6-4, 6-3                                  4

5. Nicole Reich (W) def. Natasha Brown (A) – 6-4, 6-3                                           5

6. Laken King (A) led. Caroline Capute (W) – 6-3, 4-5                                            DNF

Quarterfinals - Sunday, May 1 at Higher Seeds
1:00 p.m.
No. 8 at No. 1
No. 7 at No. 2
No. 6 at No. 3
No. 5 at No. 4

Semifinals - Saturday, May 7 at Highest Remaining Seed
12:00 p.m./3:00 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining First Round Winner

Championship - Sunday, May 8
12:00 p.m.

The top eight teams in the conference will qualify for the NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Championship.  Quarterfinal games will be conducted on Sunday, May 1 with the semifinals and championship games conducted on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, respectively.  The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. 

Seeding will be based on final conference standings of round robin play. Standings will be based on team winning percentages. Ties shall count as half a win.

The 8th seed will play at the 1st seed, the 7th seed will play at the 2nd seed, the 6th seed will play at the 3rd seed, and the 5th seed will play at the 4th seed. Teams will be re-bracketed after first round games and the lowest remaining seed will face the highest remaining seed.

Pairings will be announced Friday, April 29.

Tie Breaking Procedures
Ties will be broken as follows:

Head-to-head result (if teams play each other more than once during the regular season, the game that appears on the league schedule will be the game that is counted).

If teams tied during the regular season, or there is a 3-way or more tie, the following tie breaking procedure will be used:

  • Best record among tying teams, against one another (head-to-head).
  • Most conference wins (in games that are part of the conference schedule and count toward league standings).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 4 teams (including all teams at the 4th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 8 teams (including all teams at the 8th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against conference teams in rank order.
  • Comparisons shall be made one team at a time starting with the highest ranked team.
  • If the tie remains after comparing results against the highest ranked team, the results against the next team in rank order shall be used. This process is continued until a winner is determined.
  • Coin flip (or similar random action involving all tied teams).

Note: In case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria above will be applied in order until a team is (or teams are) separated.  At that point, the process begins anew (returning to the first criteria) with the remaining teams.  The process is continued until the tie is eventually broken.  In cases where only a random action will break the tie of three or more teams, the random action will be applied to all teams involved in the tie.  For example, if three teams are tied and only a random action (pulling names out of a hat) will break the tie, each name will be pulled and seeded in order of being pulled.  Also, in the event that there are two (or more) groups of teams tied at different spots in the standings and the only criteria left that can be used to break those ties is a coin flip/random action, the coin flip/random action used to break the tie of one group (to put teams in rank order) will not affect the tie breaking procedures of the other group(s) of tied teams.