Morse ’19 scores twice in men’s lacrosse setback

Chad Morse ’19 (Josh McKee photo)
Chad Morse ’19 (Josh McKee photo)

Tufts University scored 10 goals in the first quarter and the nationally ranked No. 9 Jumbos opened the season with a 23-5 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Withiam Field on Sunday afternoon.

Chad Morse '19 scored twice for Hamilton (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC). Zach Larsen '19 -- a junior transfer from Division I St. John's University -- scored the first goal of his Hamilton career and dished out an assist.

Kyle Gately '20 replaced Noah Weissmann '18 in goal before the end of the first quarter and made 22 saves through 47-plus minutes. Gately scooped up seven ground balls, Eric Zurmuehle '18 picked up six and James Sanderson '21 had four.

Matt Greene '18, Alex Schluter '20, Andrej Bogdanovics '19 and Quinn Morris '18 caused two turnovers each. Zurmuehle won 10 of his 17 faceoffs.

Tufts (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) was led by Danny Murphy and his three goals and one assist. Murphy was one of three Jumbos that tallied four points. Matt Treiber had two goals and two assists, and Ben Connelly scored once and had three helpers. Thirteen different Tufts players notched at least one goal. Evan Cunningham won 12 of 22 faceoffs and collected eight ground balls. Jack Donohue and Brian Powers caused three turnovers apiece. Mason Pollack started in goal and made 13 saves through 45 minutes. Robert Treiber relieved Pollack at the start of the fourth quarter and made three stops.

Ben Connelly passed to Nick Shanks to give the Jumbos a 1-0 lead with 12:50 left in the first quarter, starting Tufts' 16-goal run that extended into the second quarter.

Morse put Hamilton on the board with 7:01 left in the second quarter and sparked a 3-0 run for the Continentals. Morse controlled the ball behind the Tufts goal, faked out the defender for an open lane to the front of the net and whipped the ball into the upper-right corner. Clay McCollum '19 followed with a man-up goal at 5:26, the 54th goal of his Hamilton career, and Henry Hill '19 notched the third straight goal for Hamilton just over a minute later. Hill sped around the right side of the zone, split the defenders and went low to the opposite corner as he was shoved down by a Tufts defender with 4:21 left in the second.

Tufts had a 16-3 lead to start the third quarter and scored three unanswered goals before Hamilton's Larsen sped past the defender at the top of the zone, deked around a second defender, turned the corner and fired the ball into the goal at 3:34.

Morse scored his second of the afternoon for the Continentals just 35 seconds into the fourth quarter by again beating the defender behind the net and ripping a shot inside the far post. Max Waldbaum scored two of the final four goals for Tufts. Hamilton was 6 of 7 in clear attempts during the fourth quarter.

Hamilton hosts Utica College for a non-conference game on Wednesday, March 7 at 5 p.m. on Withiam Field.