#20 Women's Lacrosse Earns Key NESCAC Victory over Amherst, 11-7

MEDFORD - Freshman Emily Games scored five goals and assisted another as the 20th-ranked Tufts University women's lacrosse team won 11-7 over Amherst College in NESCAC action at Bello Field on Saturday.

Casey Briody caused three turnovers on defense for Tufts

Both teams entered the game with two NESCAC wins with the conference championship tournament approaching in two weeks. The Jumbos (8-4, 3-4 NESCAC) built a 7-1 lead in the first half and then held off a second-half run by the Mammoths (5-7, 2-6).

Three of Games' goals came on free-position attempts, as Tufts was four for 10 in that area. Sophomore Dakota Adamec posted three goals and an assist along with four draw controls for the Jumbos. Senior defender Casey Briody caused three turnovers.

Freshman Hannah Fox scored twice with an assist and grabbed eight draw controls to lead Amherst. Senior Kate Wyeth netted two goals while sophomore Sabrina Solow finished with two caused turnovers and three groundballs.

Games and Fox traded early goals, but then Tufts went on a six-goal run to lead 7-1 at 3:53 of the first half. Three goals and an assist came from the stick of Games during the Jumbo run, while Adamec scored twice. The final two goals of the span by Games and Adamec came while Amherst was short a player due to yellow cards.

Fox netted the final goal of the first half at 2:25 for Amherst making it a 7-2 game at the break. Tufts dominated the opening 30 minutes, out-shooting the Mammoths 17-8 and winning groundballs 11-5.

Wyeth's goal barely a minute into the second half pulled Amherst within 7-3, but the Jumbos responded with three in a row to push their advantage to 10-3. Games and Adamec capped that mini-spurt with free-position strikes.

Amherst would control possession for most of the second part of the period. They scored three times in eight minutes - by Wyeth, junior Kelly Karczewski and Katherine Malone - to close the gap to 10-6 with 9:43 remaining. Fox controlled the ensuing draw, but the Jumbo defense kept the Mammoths out on the perimeter for the next six minutes before senior Claire Cagnassola scored at 3:42 to make it a 10-7 game.

Fox got the draw again, but Briody caused a turnover that was scooped up by freshman Lily Baldwin for the Jumbos. Tufts went down and scored with junior Caroline Nowak connecting to seal the win with 1:38 on the second-half clock.

Sophomore Audrey Evers finished with six saves in goal for Tufts, including four in the second half. Kyra Gardner and Katie Savage split time in the Amherst goal, with Gardner taking the loss allowing five goals while making four saves in 33:28 of action.

Tufts finished with advantages of 25-21 in shots and 18-10 in groundballs. Behind Fox's work, Amherst had 14 of the 20 draw controls. 

The Jumbos travel to Bates College for conference action on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Amherst hosts rival Williams next Saturday at noon.