No. 7 Women's Lacrosse Holds Off No. 14 Wesleyan with Late 5-0 Run

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Tufts University women's lacrosse team scored five unanswered goals down the stretch to seal a 12-7 win over Wesleyan University at Smith Field Saturday afternoon.

Adamec continued her stellar season with seven points on Saturday. 

Dakota Adamec was impressive for the Jumbos (9-1, 6-0 NESCAC) as she tallied seven points on six goals and one assist. Emily Games chipped in with a pair of goals and Annie Sullivan, Catherine Lawliss, Maddie Norman, And Caroline Nowak all scored once each. Sullivan also had an assist.

Abby Manning and Johanna Copeland led the Cardinals (7-4, 3-3 NESCAC) with two goals each, while Sydney Prokupek tallied two points on one goal and one assist.

Tufts got on the board first and despite being down a player, Adamec placed a free position shot into the bottom right corner of the net at the 21:01 mark. Just over a minute later, Wesleyan took advantage of the player-up opportunity as Prokupek cut through the middle of the defense and sent one past the Tufts goalkeeper to even the score.

Adamec and the Jumbos rallied and scored five unanswered goals from 17:02-to-5:50 to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Adamec scored three straight to start the run while Lawliss capped it off with a free position goal. Despite the momentum in Tufts' favor, Wesleyan responded nicely and went on a run of its own to end the half. The Cardinals scored three goals in the final 4:42 to cut the deficit to two, 6-4, at the break.

Wesleyan's hot streak continued early in the second half when Prokupek found Copeland for her first career goal at the 26:39 mark to get within one. After a Tufts goal from Norman increased the visitors' lead back to two, the Cardinals scored back-to-back goals shortly after to even the score. Manning scored her second of the game at the 19:07 mark and Copeland scored off a free position shot to tie the game at 7-7 with 13:30 to play.

Less than six minutes later, Annie Sullivan scored what proved to be the game-winner before the Jumbos tallied four more goals down the stretch to put the game away.

Audrey Evers made seven saves in goal for the Jumbos, who held a commanding 17-3 edge in draw controls over the course of the game.

Tufts has a quick turnaround as they will travel to Babson tomorrow for their third game of the week.


Release courtesy of Welseyan Athletics