MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's lacrosse team opened their season with a 17-4 win over Hamilton College Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
|Adamec set career-highs in goals (8) and points (9) in Saturday's game.|
Dakota Adamec led the Jumbos (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) passed the Continentals (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) with eight goals and an assist. The eight goals tie the program record for most ever in a game. A trio of Jumbos collected two goals apiece including Margaret Chase, Catherine Lawliss, and Caroline Nowak. Hamilton got goals from Julia Rowland, Tatiana Bradley, Darby Philbrick, and Kara Pooley.
The Continentals actually got on the board first when Rowland scored off a feed from Honor Gabriel just two minutes in. Six minutes later, the Jumbos would get their first goal of the season from Adamec and she would follow it up with her second just two minutes after that.
Bradley scored for Hamilton with 18 minutes left in the first half with an assist by Charlotte Wynn, but it was all Tufts for the remainder of the half. The Jumbos ended the half on an 8-0 run with goals by Chase, Adamec, Lawliss, Nowak, and Cecily Freliech. They would take a 10-2 advantage into the break.
The second half started the same way as the first, with the Continentals striking first. Philbrick put one in the back of the net off a free position shot. It appeared Hamilton was gaining some momentum when they scored their second goal of the half just two minutes later, another free position strike, this time from Pooley.
But Tufts would close the game out on a 7-0 run to claim their first victory of the season. Annie Sullivan and Maddie Norman got into the action in the second half, scoring a goal each for the Jumbos.
Adamec added three more scores to her first half total of five, with the final one coming with four minutes left in the game. She had her back to the net about ten feet out and shot the ball around her right side without turning and it found the back of the net. The eight goals and nine points were both career-bests.
Audrey Evers had nine saves in goal for the Jumbos and on the other end, Hannah Burrall had 16 for the Continentals.
Tufts outshot Hamilton, 43-20, and won more draw controls at 14-9. The Jumbos converted on 7-of-12 of their free position shots whereas the Continentals only went 2-for-12. Evers scooped up the most groundballs for Tufts with seven and Johanna O'Neil caused the most turnovers with three.
Next up for the Jumbos will be a road matchup at Endicott on Wednesday. Hamilton will travel to William Smith the same day.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern