CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Nationally-ranked No. 10 Tufts University rattled off seven unanswered goals during the first 10 minutes of the game and never looked back as it went on to defeat MIT, 17-4, in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Monday night on Jack Barry Field. First-year Colette Smith paced the Jumbos with four goals while first-year Eva Then tallied two goals and four draw controls for the Engineers.
|Games scored three goals and dished out an assist against MIT|
With the win, Tufts improves to 3-0 overall, while MIT falls to 1-2 with the loss.
Senior Dakota Adamec put Tufts on the board after 57 seconds elapsed, then Catherine Lawliss quickly followed with an unassisted strike of her own. Senior Annie Sullivan and first-year Kathryn Delaney increased the Jumbos' advantage courtesy of successful free-position attempts. Two Smith goals sandwiched an Adamec free-position goal, making the score 7-0 with 19:22 on the clock.
MIT ended the shutout just over a minute later when first-year Naomi Lutz intercepted a pass and then classmate Shannon Wing found the back of the net. Tufts replied with a 7-0 run to end the half up 14-1 as Smith and senior Courtney Grygiel both contributed two goals.
Sophomore Emily Games, who recorded a goal and an assist during the Jumbos' second scoring burst of the first half, produced two more goals early in the second stanza, increasing the Jumbo margin to 16-1 at the 24:06 mark. The score remained unchanged until sophomore Claire Wright connected on a pass from senior Maria Dattolo with 7:51 left to play.
The Engineers closed out the game with three goals during the final five minutes. They kicked off the spurt with Lutz redirecting a feed from senior Ana Flooks. Lutz later found Then for the last tally of the game with 1:37 remaining.
The Jumbos outshot the Engineers 31-13. Tufts scooped up 19 ground balls while MIT recorded 11. The Engineers recorded eight clears and the Jumbos had nine. Both defenses forced double-digit turnovers.
Smith netted a game-high four goals. Games recorded a hat trick and dished out an assist. Sullivan, Adamec, Lawliss, and Grygiel each chipped in two goals apiece. Delaney scooped up three ground balls. First-year Molly Laliberty picked up her first collegiate win in goal and posted six saves.
Then scored a team-high two goals and had four draw controls. Lutz tallied a goal and an assist in the game. Wing recorded the other Engineer goal. Senior Shannon Francis collected two ground balls. Sophomore goalie Kiely Smiga-McManus stopped seven Jumbo shots.
Tufts will play again on Saturday at 1 p.m. against No. 8 Colby on Bello Field. MIT travels to Endicott on Wednesday, with a 4 p.m. start time.
Portion of this recap courtesy of MIT Athletics