EWING, N.J. – No. 8 Tufts Women's Lacrosse defeated No. 13 College of New Jersey (TCNJ) 8-7 in a hard-fought non-conference match on Wednesday night at Lions Stadium. First-year Colette Smith netted the game-winning goal with 4:51 remaining in the second half.
|Adamec netted a hat-trick in the Jumbos 8-7 victory over TCNJ|
Tufts improves to 5-0 with the victory. TCNJ falls to 4-3 and suffers their first home loss of the season.
TCNJ junior Alexandria Fitzpatrick, the Lions' season-leading goal scorer, earned a free-position attempt less than three minutes into the game and was able to get the shot past Tufts senior goalie Audrey Evers. Fellow Lion junior Allie Gorman also drew a Jumbo foul two minutes later, but her shot was stopped by Evers. Tufts senior Dakota Adamec had the Jumbos' first two shots, but TCNJ junior Miranda Chrone made both saves. Smith got Tufts on the board with a goal off a free-position attempt to tie the game at 1-1.
Lions sophomore Kaela Sierra hit the post after rifling a shot on goal two minutes later. Both defenses continued their solid play as there were no goals scored over an eight-minute span and it remained 1-1. TCNJ senior Kathleen Jaeger gave the Lions the lead back off a pass from junior Jessica Allen at 12:07. Then Adamec earned a free-position attempt and was able to beat Chrone to tie the game back at 2-2 (6:30).
Over the remainder of the half, the Jumbos held the Lions scoreless and netted two goals to take a 4-2 edge after 30 minutes. Tufts Junior Emily Games and senior Annie Sullivan each scored free-position goals during that stretch.
In the first half, the Lions outshot the Jumbos 16-15, but Tufts got nine shots on goal to seven by the hosts. Both Evers and Chrone recorded five saves in the first 30 minutes. Both defenses made life hard for one another as the teams combined for 15 turnovers.
The Jumbos drew two free-position attempts in the first two minutes of the second half, but both shots were altered by Chrone. Tufts' defense then forced two turnovers to get the Jumbos the ball back and Smith rifled a shot that was again stopped by Chrone. The Lions then entered the Jumbos' zone and junior Kasey Donoghue's shot was stopped by Evers. Adamec would give the Jumbos a 5-2 lead with the first goal of the second half on a free-position attempt with 20 minutes remaining in regulation.
Gorman came back with a goal less than two minutes later to cut the deficit to two (5-3). Donoghue had a great chance to get TCNJ within one, but Evers made another great stop. Tufts sophomore Claire Wright earned a free-position attempt halfway through the period, but Chrone saved the shot. Jaeger converted a free-position shot for the Lions with 13:59 remaining to cut the lead to 5-4. Adamec then netted her third goal of the game with 11:58 left to put Tufts back up 6-4. Over the next three minutes, TCNJ graduate student Erin Harvey and Games traded goals for what was now a 7-5 game with 8:48 remaining.
Harvey then won the draw control and wound up scoring a goal less than a minute after the Games goal. Donoghue then created space and was able to beat Evers to tie the game at 7-7 with 5:59 left. Smith came up clutch with her goal with 4:51 remaining to give the Jumbos the lead back for good at 8-7. Chrone made a save on another Smith shot less than a minute later to give her offense a chance, but the Jumbos' defense came up big as they forced two turnovers leading to the win.
For the game, the Jumbos attempted 28 shots to TCNJ's 27 and 19 of the Jumbo shots were on goal to the Lions' 16. Tufts attacked the Lion defense with 15 free-position shots in total (scoring on six) and held TCNJ to only five. The brown and blue scooped up 21 ground balls to the Lions' 17.
Adamec netted a game-high three goals. Smith and Games each netted a pair of goals for the Jumbos. Sullivan also scored a goal for Tufts and won a draw control. First-year Maddie Lehan scooped up a team-leading four ground balls and caused two turnovers. Evers recorded nine saves in the game.
Chrone stopped 11 Jumbo shots in the contest. Harvey and Jaeger each netted a pair of goals. Donoghue, Fitzpatrick, and Gorman each scored a goal for TCNJ. Sophomore Brittany Blair scooped up two ground balls and had two caused turnovers.
Tufts will travel to conference opponent No. 10 Trinity on Saturday with a 1 pm start time. TCNJ travels for a game at No. 1 Gettysburg next Thursday night starting at 5 pm.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello