MEDFORD – First-year Colette Smith netted five goals and dished out two assists as No. 10 Tufts Women's Lacrosse topped No. 8 Colby College 15-8 in a clash of top 10 NESCAC teams on Saturday afternoon at a windy Bello Field.
|Audrey Evers stopped 13 Mules shots in the Jumbos' win|
Following the victory, Tufts improves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in NESCAC action. With the loss, Colby is now 3-1 and 2-1 in conference play.
The Jumbos' offense got going early as junior Emily Games won the opening draw control and found the back of the cage less than 30 seconds into the contest giving Tufts a 1-0 lead. Fellow Tufts junior Maddie Norman made a nice cut to the goal and Smith found her less than a minute after the Games goal to extend the lead to two. Colby came back to cut the deficit in half two minutes later with a goal by senior Kate Burkett off a nice pass from sophomore Grace Langmuir. Jumbo sophomore Catherine Lawliss then earned a free-position attempt and rifled a shot past Colby senior goalie Izzy Scribano for a 3-1 Tufts lead.
Smith then found the back of the net for the first time in the contest after earning another Jumbo free-position attempt. Over the next nine minutes, Colby senior Banks Dotson and sophomore Taylor Moore scored goals to get Colby within one (4-3) with 18:19 left in the first half. The Jumbos came back with a run of their own as they scored the contest's next three goals led by Games' and Lawliss' second goals of the game and a free-position goal from first-year Kathryn Delaney. Colby had a couple nice chances on net during that stretch, but Tufts senior goalie Audrey Evers saved the attempts.
Burkett scored to end the Jumbos' run and get the Mules back within three goals. However, Smith recorded two more goals and Delaney netted another as Tufts ended the half with three unanswered goals over the final eight minutes to head into halftime with a 10-4 lead.
The Jumbos continued attacking the Mules' defense as the second half opened and senior Dakota Adamec tallied a free-position attempt goal three minutes into the second frame. The Mules' defense then settled down and tightened up the driving lanes to give their offense more opportunities in the Jumbos' end. Colby scored the game's next three goals and had some great saves by Scribano off Tufts free-position attempts. The Mules got their goals from Langmuir, Moore, and senior Bridget Horwood to get back within four (11-7).
Adamec and the Jumbos responded with three unanswered goals of their own to push the lead back to 14-7 with 6:52 remaining. Adamec began the run by cutting to the front of the goal, receiving a pass from Smith, and burying it in the back of the net. Smith also scored a nice goal off the stick of Games and then Games added a free-position goal. Over the final 6:52, Langmuir and Smith traded goals for the 15-8 final.
Tufts had 24 shots on goal to Colby's 21 in the game. The Mules scooped up 14 ground balls and the Jumbos recorded 13. Tufts converted seven free-position shots to Colby's three. Draw controls were a key to the Tufts performmance as the Jumbos collected 16 and the Mules came away with nine.
Evers played a great game for the Jumbos stopping 13 shots in total. Games recorded a hat-trick and dished out an assist as well. Delaney, Lawliss, and Adamec each added two goals for the Jumbos. Adamec won a game-high six draw controls and scooped up two ground balls.
Scribano stopped six Jumbo shots and first-year goalie Emily Podgorni recorded three saves for Colby in the game. Langmuir recorded a team-high three points with two goals and an assist. Moore and Burkett each added a pair of goals for Colby. Juniors Melinda Edie and Kayla Luparello each collected three ground balls.
The game included a combined 35 turnovers. Games caused three in addition to her offensive contributions.
Tufts' next game will be on Wednesday at 4:30 pm in a road contest against TCNJ. Colby returns to the field next Saturday when the travel to Connecticut College with a 12 p.m. start time.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello