Seven-goal stretch in second half sends Tufts to 14-9 comeback win vs. Stevens
MEDFORD -- Tufts erased an 8-4 deficit early in the second half with a seven-goal run that paved the way to a 14-9 victory against Stevens in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship second round on Saturday at Bello Field.
The Jumbos (16-4) will play in the NCAA quarterfinals on Wednesday at RIT, which was a 22-13 winner against Cabrini in the second round Saturday. Stevens, making its third consecutive NCAA appearance and ninth overall, finished at 13-5.
The Ducks outscored Tufts 4-1 in the second quarter to lead 7-4 at halftime. The game was tied at 3 after the first period, but a five-goal Stevens stretch from late in the first until late in the second put it ahead. Griffin Rock tallied twice during the Ducks' run and Connor O'Shea assisted on two goals.
Stevens extended its lead to 8-4 just 5:15 into the third period on Rich Dupras' 40th goal of the season. However, that's where the tide turned. The Jumbos' Beau Wood scored to start a five-goal barrage in the final 8:43 of the third. Cole Bailey had three assists, Chris Schoenhut scored twice and Matt Callahan capped the swing by scoring with 11 seconds left in the quarter to put Tufts up 9-8.
Wood and Bailey had goals in the opening seven minutes of the fourth quarter as Tufts continued to control play, leading 11-8. O'Shea stopped the run at 7:37 for Stevens, cutting the margin to two goals, 11-9. However, Tufts finished off the win with three goals in the final 4:15, including Bailey's fourth of the game with 1:18 remaining for the 14-9 finish. The Jumbos outscored the Ducks 10-2 overall in the second half.
Goalie Patton Watkins made 16 saves for the Jumbos. Callahan corralled six ground balls, while Sam Diss added four. Bailey had a seven-point game for Tufts, including four goals, while Wood finished with three goals and Ben Saperstein added a goal and two assists.
Stevens, which dominated possession in the first half, received nine faceoff wins from Jeff Wyckoff and eight by Brett Incollingo. Tim Culloty and Brian Fahy led the Ducks with three ground balls apiece. Goalie Matthew Deiner made 12 saves.
Harrison Dorne had two goals on two shots for Stevens before he had to leave the game with an injury. Dupras and Rock also scored twice for the Ducks, with Dupras adding two assists for a four-point game. O'Shea finished with a goal and two assists.
The action featured 100 shots, with Stevens holding a 55-45 advantage. Tufts won ground balls 30-25. Turnovers were close, too, with the Jumbos committing 18 and the Ducks 16. Neither team scored on two extra-man opportunities.