|Johanna O'Neil caused three turnovers for Tufts defensively|
WATERVILLE, Maine - The 10th-ranked Tufts University women's lacrosse team built a five-goal halftime lead and then held off #14 Colby College, 11-9, in a NESCAC game Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore Emily Games led Tufts with two goals and three assists in the Jumbos' first victory against Colby since 2014. The Mules are the defending conference champion.
The Jumbos remained undefeated with the win, improving to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the league. Colby, which got five goals and an assist from Sasha Fitts, dropped to 1-3 overall and 0-3 NESCAC.
Maddie Norman scored the first two goals of the game to give Tufts an early lead. However, Fritts and Kendall Smith both had a pair of goals for the Mules including Smith's at 16:20 of the first half which tied the game at 4-4. Jumbo junior defender Hedy Veith scored a man-down goal during this stretch.
Tufts scored five unaswered goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half to take a 9-4 advantage into halftime. Four different players scored the goals, led by two from freshman Catherine Lawliss. She also had an assist on a Jumbos' man-up goal by classmate Kirsten Grazewski.
Colby got back into it by scoring four of the first five goals in the second half including two by Fritts. Her fourth of the game brought the hosts to within 10-8 with 17:21 on the second-half clock. Junior Dakota Adamec scored a much-needed goal for Tufts assisted by Games at 13:52 making it 11-8. Fritts brought it back down to a two-goal deficit on a free-position strike with 7:49 remaining, but that would be the last goal of the game.
The Mules had the only two shots of the final seven minutes, and Jumbo junior goalie Audrey Evers saved a free-position attempt by Colby's Grace Cowell to help preserve the win. Evers finished with 11 saves, including eight in the second half.
Adamec and Lawliss both scored two goals with an assist for Tufts, while sophomore Lily Baldwin continued to dominate on draw controls with eight. Junior Johanna O'Neil caused three turnovers for Tufts defensively while Veith finished with three ground balls.
Crowell had a goal, three ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers for Colby. Kelsey Otley and Maddie Hatch also had two cause turnovers. Melinda Edie added four ground balls and fellow defender Jackie Brokaw had three. Izzy Scribano and Hannah Marino split the goaltending chores for the Mules, with Marino making four saves and allowing four of the goals in 38 minutes.
The game had been rescheduled from Saturday due to cold weather, but today wasn't much better. Playing on a bitter cold day, the teams went inside for halftime to warm up and had 30 minutes instead of the normal 10 minutes.
Tufts take a spring-break trip south and will play at Washington and Lee in Virginia on Wednesday. Colby plays again tomorrow at the University of New England.