MEDFORD - Freshman Emily Games scored four goals with two assists to lead 20th-ranked Tufts University to a 13-12 NESCAC women's lacrosse victory over #16 Bowdoin College in the regular-season finale for both teams on a foggy Wednesday night at Bello Field.
|Audrey Evers had 13 saves in the Tufts net|
The Jumbos (10-5, 5-5 NESCAC) earn the sixth seed in the conference and will travel to #3 seed Trinity College for the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Championship on Saturday. Game time is set for noon. Seventh-seed Bowdoin (10-5, 5-5) will travel to second-seed Hamilton College for a Saturday quarterfinal at noon.
Tonight, Tufts led 13-7 with eight minutes remaining in regulation before Bowdoin finished with a surge led by sophomore Allison Williams. She scored four of the Polar Bears's five goals down the stretch as they pulled within one at 13-12. Bowdoin then won the ensuing draw control, but Tufts sophomore Hedy Veith caused a turnover and the Jumbos were able to run out the clock.
After senior Mettler Growney scored the first goal of the game for Bowdoin, sophomore Megan Toner led a seven-goal Tufts run with two scores and an assist. Toner's goal helped out by Games at 12:09 of the first put Tufts up 7-1.
Down 8-2, a three-goal Polar Bear stretch led by a pair from Williams closed the gap to 8-5 with 3:45 on the first-half clock. Williams would go on to score a game-high seven goals. Games scored unassisted for the Jumbos with 35 seconds remaining until halftime and Tufts took a 9-5 advantage into the break.
Games had the first two goals of the second half for the Jumbos and junior Caroline Nowak added another as the hosts grabbed a 12-5 lead six minutes into the period. Junior Hannah Hirschfeld and Williams scored back-to-back free-position goals for Bowdoin before sophomore Dakota Adamec tallied for Tufts making it a 13-7 game.
Bowdoin dominated on draw controls all night, winning 18 of 27. After falling behind by six late in the second half, they won five straight draws including four that led to quick goals. Williams scored at 6:56, 5:31 and 3:56 pulling Bowdoin within 13-10. Gallagher and Williams then scored twice within 18 seconds in the final minute and it was 13-12 with 00:19 on the clock. However, the Jumbos were able to hold off the Polar Bears with freshman Maddie Norman picking up the final groundball.
Despite the Polar Bears' late run, sophomore goalie Audrey Evers was strong in goal for the Jumbos with 13 saves. She had nine in the second half. Veith finished with four caused turnovers, Adamec won four draw controls in addition to scoring twice and Casey Briody picked up four groundballs.
Freshman Caroline Maxwell caused three turnovers on defense for Bowdoin. Nine different players had draw controls for the Polar Bears, led by Annie Glenn's six and four by Kara Finnerty. Polar Bear junior Kayli Weiss finished with five saves.
Bowdoin had a 30-27 edge in shots, and Tufts finsihed 12-10 in groundballs.