MEDFORD, MA – Tufts out scored Williams 11-2 in the first 26 minutes and never looked back in advancing to the NESCAC title tilt by defeating Williams 19-11.
Tufts ' Zach Richman was hot in the first quarter and got things going early for the Jumbos, scoring four goals in the opening quarter to help the Jumbos build a 6-2 lead at the first break.
In the second quarter, Tufts looked to continue their momentum, and it was Richman who kept it going for them, with a behind-the-back goal on the first play of the quarter. By 9:52, Tufts had tacked on four more goals to go on a five-goal run and take a nine-goal lead, 11-2. Tufts was not only clicking on offense; they were also playing a smothering defense that disrupted the Williams' offense.
The Ephs then generated four unanswered goals in the final eight minutes of the quarter to start a comeback run that was ignited by Michael Fahey. Fahey scored 8:51 on a feed from Bryson Gilbert-Bono. Tanner MacIvor and Thomas Fowler then scored before long-stick midfielder Devlin Nelligan netted his first goal of the year.
The Ephs trailed at the half 11-6.
Michael Fahey scored all three of the Ephs' third quarter goals. On a man-up opportunity early, Fahey scored two goals to extend the Eph run of goals to six in a row, and bring the Tufts' lead down to three goals, 11-8.
Tufts responded with a four-goal run to take the wind out of Williams' sails. Still, the Ephs kept fighting as Fahey scored another to end the run. Tufts followed that with a pair of goals from Zach Richman to go ahead 17-9 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Ephs continued to try to fight their way back into the game, but the Tufts lead was too much to overcome. Each team scored two goals in the quarter to result in a 19-11 Tufts victory.
Though the Ephs weren't able to come out on top they fought hard as they have done all season. Williams' coach George McCormack said, "we had a great season, and it was a tough game today against a really good opponent. But I'm really proud of the way this team has played all season."
Zach Richman led the Jumbos with eight goals.
Williams' goalie Miles McCarthy played 60:00 and allowed nineteen goals and had thirteen saves.
Tufts' goalie Alex Salazar played 60:00 and allowed eleven goals and had sixteen saves.