MEDFORD, Mass. – In a tightly-contested NESCAC battle between a pair of nationally-ranked programs, the No. 20 Connecticut College men's lacrosse team fell to No. 3 Tufts by an 11-8 decision on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
Danny Murphy got the Jumbos going early by scoring the first two goals of the game, but the Camels responded in a big way by getting markers from sophomores Maxx Trotsky (Marblehead, Mass.) and Ryan Fish (Slingerlands, N.Y.) as well as junior Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) to take a 3-2 lead heading into the second quarter.
Tufts (7-0, NESCAC 4-0), however, embarked on a 6-0 run to regain the lead and extend the margin up to give goals. The teams headed into the break with the Jumbos ahead by an 8-3 score.
Even though they surrendered the lead, the Camels were able to regroup at recess and came out stronger in the third quarter by scoring three of the four goals during the frame. Foster tallied back-to-back markers in the opening minutes with the Camels playing a man up to help make it 8-6 with plenty of time left, but the Jumbos answered on the other end with a man-up goal of their own to seize back the momentum.
Tufts edged Connecticut College in total shots, 40-39, while the Camels had a 28-23 advantage in ground balls and also won 12 faceoffs. Ben Connelly and Murphy notched hat tricks, and Murphy added an assist. Goalie Mason Pollack made six saves.
Foster registered three goals and one assist for Connecticut College, which fell just short of a comeback despite winning seven of the eight faceoffs in the second half. Senior Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) won 12 faceoffs and picked up six ground balls, and sophomore Courtney Morgan (South Windsor, Conn.) once again paced the defense by finishing with four ground balls and a caused turnover. Senior netminder Hunter Rosenthall (Chatham, Mass.) was strong in relief by turning away eight shots in nearly 40 minutes of action.
Connecticut College (7-2, NESCAC 3-2) returns home to host Trinity on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.