#2 Tufts University 12 Connecticut College 6 Kleintz Nets Four Goals for Camels

#2 Tufts University 12 Connecticut College 6 Kleintz Nets Four Goals for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Danny Murphy (Hauppauge, N.Y.) had two goals and three assists to lead the second ranked Tufts University men's lacrosse team to a 12-6 victory against Connecticut College Saturday.

The Jumbos improved their record to 9-0 with a 4-0 mark in the NESCAC while the Camels evened their record at 4-4 with a 1-3 record in conference play. Nico Pollack (Arlington, Va.) and Zach Richman (Woodmere, N.Y.) scored two goals each for the Jumbos. 

Connecticut College sophomore Jackson Kleintz (Philadelphia, Pa.) netted four goals in the loss for the Camels. Tucker Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) chipped in with a goal and an assist for Connecticut College. Junior All-American Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) was 15-for-22 at the X with five ground balls.

Sean Smith (Pasadena, Calif.) netted a goal. PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) dished out two assists in the contest. 

Tufts University sophomore Ben Shmerler (Towson, Md.) made five saves in the opening half of action. Robert Treiber (Medfield, Mass.) stopped five shots in relief duty for the Jumbos.

Richman vaulted the visitors out to a 4-1 advantage when he flipped one in over his shoulder with 5:17 to go. The Jumbos tacked on another goal from Nick Shanks (Laguna Beach, Calif.) to take a 5-1 edge after one quarter of play. 

In the opening minute of the second quarter, the Camels got one back when Mscisz buried one from the right side of the box with 14:20 remaining with Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) assisting. Pollack netted the next two goals for the visitors to make it a 7-2 contest.  With 4:45 to play in the half, Shmerler made a terrific stop on Winston Palmeri's (Denver, Colo.) shot from point blank range.   Kleintz closed out the half with a goal to make it a 7-3 score at the break.

The two sides exchanged goals in the third before the Jumbos scored with one minute remaining when Richman scored on an assist from Mathers, cashing in on an unsettled situation and the Jumbos enjoyed a 9-4 lead. 

Kleintz scored two more goals in the fourth quarter but the visitors were able to hang on for the 12-6 victory.

Tufts University enjoyed a 43-33 advantage in shots. The visitors carried a 32-28 edge in ground balls.