CLINTON, N.Y. – The No. 11 Tufts women's lacrosse team (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) began their 2019 season with an 18-11 victory over Hamilton College (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) on Saturday afternoon at Steuben Field led by five goals from first-year Colette Smith in her Jumbo debut.
|Smith netted five goals and dished out two assists in collegiate debut|
The Jumbos got their first goal of the season less than three minutes into the game off junior Maddie Norman's stick. Sophomore Catherine Lawliss made a nice pass as she penetrated the Continental defense and found Norman to give Tufts the early lead. Hamilton's senior Kara Pooley and first-year Lauren Hamilton netted goals within a two-minute span to give the Continentals a lead. Returning NESCAC Player of the Year senior Dakota Adamec found Lawliss in the middle of the defense to tie things back up at 2-2.
The Continentals then dominated time of possession for the next 10 minutes as they were often in the Jumbos' end of the field and netted two more goals to take a 4-2 lead. Sophomore Julia Rowland and Hamilton scored the pair of Continental goals. Pooley continued her strong start to the game with assists on both Rowland and Hamilton's goals. The Continentals got great play from senior goalie Hannah Burrall all game and she made a great save on Smith with 16:24 left in the first half.
Then, over the final 15:47 of the half, the Jumbos settled in and scored five of the game's next six goals to take a 7-5 lead into the locker room. Sophomore Kirsten Grazewski netted a pair of goals and Adamec put her first goal of the game in the back of the net to lead the Jumbos during that stretch. Junior Emily Games also recorded a goal and an assist during the run. Smith netted her first goal of her career with 32 seconds left off a nice pass from Lawliss for the final goal of the half.
The Continentals came out strong to start the second half as they were able to tie the game at 7-7 within the first three minutes with goals from Hamilton and senior Tatiana Bradley. The goal from Hamilton was her third of the game off a nice pass from junior Skyler Simson. Pooley picked up her third assist of the contest with the pass to Bradley.
Tufts then had the key stretch of the game, as the Jumbo defense, led by senior Hedy Veith, shut down the Continental offense as they didn't score over the next 17 minutes of play, which propelled the Jumbo offense to go on an 8-0 run. The offesne also came alive led by Smith who scored four of the Jumbos' eight goals during that stretch including three in a row. Norman scored the goal to give Tufts the 8-7 lead, then Adamec netted a pair of goals off passes from Smith. Senior Courtney Grygiel received a pass from Grazewski and buried the other goal for the Jumbos over that stretch. When the run was over, Tufts led 15-7 at the 12:39 mark of the second half.
Hamilton refused to go away easily after they finally ended the Jumbo run and netted three unanswered goals to get within five goals (15-10) with 8:27 remaining. The Continental goals came off nice moves from junior Charlotte Wynn, Pooley, and Ryan. Norman then found the back of the net for the Jumbos to push the lead back up to six goals and end Hamilton's mini-run. The Jumbos would then net two of the game's final three goals over the final seven minutes. Simson scored the Continentals' final goal, while Tufts got goals from Grazewski and Games to end the game.
Tufts' offense was in attack mode all day as they recorded 33 shots on goal while Hamilton put 18 on net. The Jumbos recorded 20 draw controls to the Contientals' 11. Tufts' Lily Baldwin won a game-high six draw controls while also collecting a game-high five groundballs. Both teams did a good job of forcing turnovers as there were a combined 33 in the game. Wynn caused two Tufts TO's for the Continentals.
Smith recorded a game-high five goals and added a pair of assists. Grazewski, Norman, and Adamec each netted three goals in the game. Grygiel had a team-high three assists and scored a goal. Games and Lawliss also scored for the Jumbos. Senior goalie Audrey Evers stopped four Continental shots. Molly Laliberty came on for the final 13 minutes and stopped three shtos.
Burrall had a solid game in net as she recorded 15 saves. Hamilton led the Continental offense with three goals and six shots. Pooley also had a solid game with two goals and three assists. The Continentals also got goals from Bradley, Ryan, Rowland, Abel, Wynn, and Simson.
Tufts returns to action on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. when they travel to MIT for a non-conference match. Hamilton plays again next Saturday against Colby in conference action at 12 p.m.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello