Games Ties Tufts Record with Eight Goals in 18-11 Women's Lacrosse Win Over Williams

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WILLIAMSTOWN - Freshman Emily Games remained red-hot, tying the Tufts University record for goals in a game as the Jumbo women's lacrosse team won 18-11 at Williams College in Wednesday NESCAC action.

Emily Games' eight goals tied the Tufts single-game record

Games scored eight goals and added two assists for 10 points. She is the second Tufts player to tie the goals in a game record this season. Senior Kate Mackin had eight versus Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on March 15. They are the fourth and fifth Jumbo players to score eight in a game. Games' 10 points are fifth-most in team history. 

With today's win Tufts improved to 5-3 on the year and 2-3 in NESCAC, while the Ephs are now 4-5 on the year and 1-4 in NESCAC.

The first 11-plus minutes of the contest was back and forth, but featured no goals. The Ephs had the best chance to open the scoring when at 18:33 Suzanna Penikis launched a free-position shot that got past Tufts goalie Audrey Evers, but hit the far post and bounced 20 yards from the goal, where it was scooped up by the Jumbos' Maddy Schwartz and cleared by the Jumbos.

Just over three minutes later the Jumbos opened the scoring when Games scored unassisted from eight yards out at 15:17. The Ephs answered at 14:32 when Korinna Garfield scored off a pass from Caroline Hogan. Off a draw control violation by the Ephs, Tufts' Games notched her second goal, putting the Jumbos up 2-1. At 13:09 the Jumbos went up 3-1, when Taylor Meek scored off a feed from Games. Emma Tenbarge got a goal back for the Ephs at 12:06 when she netted a free-position goal.

The Jumbos re-established a two-goal lead, 4-2, when Dakota Adamec scored from directly in front of the goal at 10:10. The Adamec goal ignited a four-goal streak by the Jumbos. At 8:01 Meek circled from behind the goal to Williams goalie Ana Alvarenga's left and deposited her shot over Alvarenga's right shoulder to give Tufts a 5-2 lead. Games then squeezed past two Eph defenders and came across the goal from right to left and scored unassisted to increase the Jumbos' lead to 6-2 at 6:28. The Jumbos' lead went to 7-2 when Cecily Freliech scored unassisted from 12 yards out at 4:43.

With 1:49 left in the first half the Ephs' Eliza Quigley cut in front of a goal and received a pass from Katie Gallop and beat Evers with a high shot to cut the Tufts' lead to 7-3. The Ephs would not get any closer to Tufts than four goals over the rest of the contest. Games notched her fourth goal of the half (unassisted) with 31 seconds left and Adamec scored with just five seconds left in the half as Tufts took a 9-3 lead into halftime.

Margaret Draper replaced Alvarenga in goal for the Ephs to open the second half. Williams' Jenna Chodos started the scoring off a feed from behind the goal from Gallop and Wiliams was down five, 9-4, with 27:52 remaining. Tufts netted their first goal of the second half when Adamec scored unassisted at 26:38 and the Jumbos' lead was back to six, 10-4. Just 26 seconds later off a Tufts draw control violation Penikis tallied an unassisted goal to bring Williams within 10-5.

At 24:49 Tufts' Meek pounced on a loose ball off a mishandled pass just outside of the goalie circle and quickly shot the ball into the goal before Draper could respond, giving Tufts an 11-5 lead. Chodos scored her second goal of the half when she caught a pass from Kara Wollmers, who was behind the goal, and scored from in close at 22:31 bringing the Ephs within five, 11-6. Games scored her fifth goal, unassisted, at 20:30 putting Tufts back up by six, 12-6, and forcing the Ephs to call timeout.

Penikis scored an unassisted goal from eight yards out to the right of Evers at 18:58 and Tufts now owned a five-goal lead, 12-7. With 16:40 left Meek was left unattended on the right side of the Eph goal and Games hit her with a pass from behind the goal to set up the score. Tenbarge got free in close and caught a pass and then quickly changed direction to free herself and score unassisted at 14:43 and the Jumbos' lead was now five at 13-8.

A little over two minutes later Tufts' Games scored an unassisted goal (her sixth goal of the contest) and Tufts owned a 14-8 lead with 12:43 left. Games was not done as she was back again with another unassisted tally at 11:52. Off the ensuing draw control the Ephs' Chodos netted a goal off a feed from Penikis just 14 seconds after the Tufts' goal. Tufts now led 15-9. At 7:54 Meek came from behind the goal to Draper's right side and scored on a high shot into the far corner to make the score 16-9 in favor of the Jumbos'. The goal was Meek's fifth of the game. 

Penikis scored off a free-position attempt at 7:15 to narrow the Tufts lead to 16-10. Quigley capitalized on a free-position attempt for Williams with 6:55 remaining and Tufts called timeout. At 5:43 Tufts recorded their 17th goal when Courtney Grygiel scored off a feed from Gabby Vinci. Games netted her eighth goal of the game, unassisted, with just 4:54 remaining for the final goal of the game.

On the day Tufts out-shot the Ephs 36-22, won 18 of 31 draw controls and scooped up 22 ground balls to the Ephs' 15. Meek added five goals for the Jumbos. Evers allowed 11 goals and made three saves in collecting the win.

Draper made nine saves and allowed nine goals in her 30 minutes of action in the second half. Chodos and Penikis led the Eph attack with three goals each.

Both teams will return to action on Saturday. Tufts will travel to Hamilton to play the Continentals at 12:00 p.m., while the Ephs will host Little Three rival Wesleyan.

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