Game of the Week, Endicott vs. #4 Tufts

Endicott Power Gulls vs. #4 Tufts Jumbos
April 9, 2013, 7pm at Endicott College

Tuesday night, Endicott will host #4 Tufts at Endicott Stadium under the lights at 7pm. The Power Gulls are 8-3 on the season and they have won five straight games. Their only losses on the season have come to teams outside of New England. Leading Endicott offensively are sophomore attackman Nick Pinciaro, sophomore attackman Kyle Weber and senior attackman Connor McCormack. Pinciaro leads the Gulls in points with 31 (19 goals and 12 assists), Weber leads the team in goals with 23 and McCormack is third on the Gulls in points with 25 (20 goals and 5 assists). The Endicott offense gets started at the face-off X by Sam Ozycz. Ozycz has a .725 face-off win percentage in 2013 to go along with 4 goals, 1 assist and 145 groundballs. In goal, freshman Cameron Bell has seen the bulk of the work so far this season. He has a .555 save percentage and has 101 saves on the season.

Heading into Tuesday night’s game, the Jumbos have won eight straight games; they dropped their first two games of the seasons due to missing players who were suspended for off-field actions in the off-season. Leading the Jumbos are sophomore attackman Cole Bailey and junior midfielder Beau Wood. Bailey has 14 goals and 17 assists on the season, while Wood has 19 goals and 11 assists. In the cage, freshman Alex Salazar has started the last three games for Tufts, and has recorded three wins in those three starts. He has .615 save percentage and 56 saves in 2013.

The X factor in Tuesday’s game could be Endicott’s Sam Ozycz. He gives Endicott an advantage, and will put them on offense a lot. Tufts doesn’t have a strong face-off man this season which might hurt them. The last time Tufts visited Endicott, the Jumbos lost 9-8 in 2011. Last season, Endicott visited Tufts and lost 11-5 to the Jumbos. This game is huge for both teams. A win for Endicott helps their SOS and tournament resume, while a win for Tufts will keep them moving up the rankings.