Four points for Conley '20 in men's lacrosse setback to No. 5 Tufts

Chris Conley '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Chris Conley '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Tufts University's Max Waldbaum scored six goals and the nationally ranked No. 5 Jumbos opened the season with a 20-11 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Withiam Field on Saturday afternoon.

Chris Conley '20 and Henry Hunt '20 both scored three goals for Hamilton (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC), and Conley added an assist for a team-high four points. Zach Larsen '19 scored once and dished out two assists, and Chad Morse '19 and Henry Hill '19 tallied two goals apiece.

Max Scheidl '21 tallied 22 saves, three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the first conference start of his career. Quinlan Crowley '22 took nearly every faceoff, winning 16 of 33 with seven ground balls. Hauken Washington '22 totaled four ground balls and a game-high three caused turnovers, and James Sanderson '21 scooped up four ground balls.

Waldbaum was one of four Jumbos who recorded multiple goals. Matt Treiber had three goals and two assists. Ben Connelly and Danny Murphy both scored twice. Murphy added two assists and Connelly chipped in one.

Mason Pollack made 17 saves. Henry Hollen won 9 of 18 faceoffs and Kyle Helfrich won 7 of 14. Helfrich led the team with five ground balls, and Hollen and Arend Broekmate both had four.

Hamilton jumped out to a 2-0 lead with back-to-back unassisted goals by Hill at 14:15 and Larsen at 11:00. Hill collected the ball at the top of the restraining line and used his speed to race around two defenders to the front of the crease, tucking the ball inside the back post. Larsen beat his defender along the left side of the attack area and ripped a shot into the nylon from 15 yards out.

Murphy and Nick Katz responded for Tufts at 8:20 and 7:03 to tie the score before Hunt notched his first with 3:50 remaining in the quarter. Larsen attempted to get an open shot on goal but swung towards the back of the net and fed the ball to Hunt surging to the front of the crease for a one-timer.

Waldbaum tied the score for Tufts at 3:14, but Hamilton ended the first 15 minutes with a 4-3 lead off Conley's first of the contest. Hagen Wunderle '21 controlled the ball behind Tufts' goal and whipped a pass to Conley outside the crease. Conley fired a shot into the upper-right corner at 2:23.

Tufts scored at 8:24 and 7:59 in the second quarter to take its first lead. Conley scored unassisted at 6:57 to tie the score again at 5-5 before the Jumbos scored the final four goals of the quarter for a 9-5 cushion at the half.

Morse scored both of his goals in the opening two minutes of the third quarter to get Hamilton back to within three goals at 10-7. His first was a man-up goal just 14 seconds into the quarter off a feed from Larsen. His second came off a dish from Washington, who intercepted a pass at midfield and quickly fed the ball up to Morse for a breakaway goal at 13:06.

Tufts responded with four unanswered goals and added three more for a 17-9 lead at the end of three quarters. The Jumbos finished with a 67-40 shot advantage.

Hamilton travels to Utica College for a non-conference game on Wednesday, March 6 at 5 p.m.