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Spring Standouts

Spring StandoutsSpringsports may be winding down for the Jumbos, but that hasn't stoppedstandout athletes from some of Tufts' most winning teams fromgaining recognition. Medford/Somerville,Mass.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [04.28.05] While the trees are beginning to bud on campus, Tufts’spring athletics teams are already in full bloom. With the regularseason nearing its close, a crop of athletes on Tufts’ nationally-rankedmen’s lacrosse and women’s softball teams have emergedas stars, garnering recognition for their stand-out performances.

Senior BryanGriffin – who was voted as a Division III preseason All-Americaplayer by Face-Off Yearbook and Inside Lacrosse online and LacrosseMagazine’s 2005 Division III Preseason Player of the Year– became the all-time leading men's lacrosse scorer in schoolhistory, an accomplishment noted by The Boston Globe.

On Mar. 18during a 16-8 victory against Endicott, Griffin beat the recordof 191 points set by former captain and current assistant coachDan Kollar back in 1991.

Fellow seniorAndy Starr emerged this season as the starting goaltender forthe men's lacrosse team, after serving backup last year upon transferringfrom Syracuse.

He was namedNESCAC and ECAC Player of the Week during the first week of April.In victories over Amherst on Mar. 30 and Trinity on Apr. 2 –each by identical 9-2 scores – Starr posted a 2.00 goalsagainst average and a .840 save percentage.

''Andy hasbeen steady since he's been here and his consistency is what allowedhim to get a chance to play. He's made the most of it," HeadCoach Mike Daly told the Globe.

As of theweek of Apr. 18, the Jumbos were ranked 13th in the Division IIInational collegiate lacrosse poll.

''This year,I changed my mentality in practice by treating every situationlike it was a game. I'm obviously happy to be where I am now,but we still have several team goals to fulfill."

Another keyplayer for the men's lacrosse team has been junior defensemanDavid Harty.

''David wasa long-stick middle for us his first two seasons, but this yearhe's played a huge role around our net defensively. His toughnessand his attitude help us set a tone defensively," Daly toldthe Globe.

Another teamthat's been coming up big this spring is the women's softballteam, and the Globe recently noted the contributionsof Jess Barrett to that effort.

"Shehas a great arm in right field and an uncanny way of drawing walks,"Head Coach Cheryl Milligan told the newspaper. ''She puts theball in play most of the time, has cut down on her strikeoutsthis year, and finds a way to get on base."

But Barrettis also making her mark off the field.

''She's agreat role model on and off the field. She'll root and clap onthe bench for a teammate who has pinch hit for her, and she'salso a person that others turn to if they have a question abouttheir studies," Milligan explained to the Globe.

The Globereported that Barrett was a dean's list student and a recipientof the Anna Quincy Churchill Scholarship.

As of theweek of Apr. 18, the Jumbos were ranked 4th in the NCAA's NewEngland poll and #24 in the Division III national collegiate softballpoll.





















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