Men’s Lacrosse Falls on the Road at No. 3 Tufts

Men’s Lacrosse Falls on the Road at No. 3 Tufts

Mendon, Mass. - The Trinity College men's lacrosse team fell to the Tufts University Jumbos, 25-12, on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field in Mendon. The Bantams fall to 4-3 on the year and 0-3 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action while the No. 3-ranked Jumbos improve to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Trinity returns to action on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. home game versus Wheaton.

Danny Murphy scored a career-high 11 points for the Jumbos with seven goals and four assists. The 11 points are tied for third-most in a single game in program history. Thirteen players scored goals for the Jumbos while a total of 18 recorded points.

The Bantams were led by three goals and an assist from senior Ben Knaus (Ross, Calif.) while senior captain Teddy Myers (Washington, D.C.), sophomore Drew Kozub (Hopkinton, Mass.) and rookie Connor McCulloch (Alexandria, Va.) each tallied a pair of goals each. 

The Jumbos scored on their first three shots of the game to jump out to an early, 3-0 lead as sophomore Bryce Adam scored twice and senior Ben Connelly had the other.

Knaus scored for Trinity with five minutes remaining in the first quarter to make it 3-1, however, the Jumbos would get the next six goals and led 9-1 early in the second quarter. 

Myers scored to stop Tufts' run at 10:48 of the second period but the Jumbos netted goals 30 seconds apart by Murphy and Jack Walton to take an 11-2 advantage. The Bantams would tally the next three though, with Knaus scoring and assisting as the visitors closed the gap to 11-5.

Tufts was four for four on man-up advantages in the second quarter to stem any Trinity momentum. Waldbaum scored from Murphy with the extra man for the final goal of the half giving Tufts a 12-5 lead.

McCulloch scored two minutes into the second half to get Trinity within six at 12-6. However, seven of the next eight goals were by the Jumbos which amounted to a 19-7 lead early in the fourth.

Tufts took a remarkable 73 shots, their most since the 2015 season. They put 43 on goal as Bantam goalkeepers Brady Burke (Duxbury, Mass.) and Greg Barletta (Canton, Mass.) combined for 18 stops. Trinity senior Alexander Notman (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) led the Bantams with five ground balls.