MEDFORD – Sophomore Catherine Lawliss netted four goals to lead No. 8 Tufts Women's Lacrosse to a 17-5 victory over non-conference opponent Endicott College on Sunday afternoon at Bello Field.
|Mae Briody dished out two assists and scored two goals.|
Tufts improves to 7-0 overall on the season and is 4-0 in non-conference games. Following the loss, Endicott falls to 5-3 overall.
The Jumbos opened the game with a Lawliss goal less than two minutes in as she rifled a shot from the middle of the defense and beat Endicott senior goalie Bella Rino. Endicott sophomore Maya Feigenbaum marched down the field a minute later and earned a free position shot, which she put into the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1. The Gulls' season-leading assist distributor senior Jackie Healy then dished out a pass to junior Alex Fitzgerald, who scored to give the visitors a one-goal lead (2-1).
Tufts senior Dakota Adamec responded with a goal out of a timeout taken by the Jumbos to even the game back up. After the Adamec goal, junior Lily Baldwin won the draw control to get the offense the ball back and Lawliss capitalized on the opportunity with her second goal of the game. Over the next 10 minutes, both defenses clamped down as there were no goals posted and there were a combined five turnovers. Rino and Jumbo senior goalie Audrey Evers each recorded clutch saves in the 10-minute scoreless stretch.
With Tufts up 3-2, junior Emily Games beat Rino to give the Jumbos a two-goal edge (4-2). Over the next three minutes, the Jumbos got goals from senior Annie Sullivan and Adamec in what was now a 5-0 run for a 6-2 advantage. The Gulls' season-leading goal-scorer junior Jennifer Lacroix got on the board for her first goal of the game with 8:32 remaining in the first half to end the Jumbo run. Tufts first-year Kathryn Delaney then won the draw control to regain possession, which led to another Games goal and a 7-3 Jumbo lead. There were no goals scored over the final 8:09 of the half, where again Evers and Rino made multiple saves.
The Gulls came out of the half with great looks from Healy and senior Aleah MacKay get stopping by Evers. The Jumbos' season-leading goal scorer first-year Colette Smith netted her first of the game and of the second half with a free-position shot. With Tufts up 8-3, Lawliss earned a free-position attempt and was able to beat Rino to extend the lead to six goals (9-3). Endicott first-year Katie Wagner answered with a goal less than a minute later to get the Gulls within 9-4.
Smith and MacKay traded goals within a minute, resulting in a 10-5 Jumbo lead. Not long after taking the field, Tufts first-year Mae Briody found Smith for another Jumbo goal with 17:47 remaining. Smith then returned the favor as she found a cutting Briody, who beat Rino to extend the lead to seven goals 12-5. Over the next five minutes Healy, Feigenbaum, and Wagner all got shots on goal for Endicott, but Evers was able to set all three attempts aside.
The Jumbos then scored five unanswered goals in the final 9:44 of the game. Tufts' goals during that stretch came from Lawliss, Games, sophomore Kirsten Grazewski, Briody, and senior Maria Dattolo. Jumbo senior Courtney Grygiel and Briody also picked up assists during the run.
Tufts attempted 39 shots, with 24 of them being on goal. Endicott had 18 shots, with 15 of them getting on goal. The Jumbos scooped up 18 ground balls to the Gulls' 12. The brown and blue won 14 draw controls to the green and blue's nine.
Smith and Games also recorded hat tricks for the Jumbos. Briody recorded two goals and two assists. Adamec added two goals and Baldwin won a game-high five draw controls. First-year Madison Lehan scooped up a team-high four ground balls and caused two turnovers. Evers stopped 10 Gull shots in the game.
Rino recorded seven saves for the Gulls and scooped up a ground ball. First-year Julia Lantieri collected a team-high three ground balls. Lacroix won four draw controls and Gabriella Prisco caused two turnovers.
Tufts' next game will be on Saturday at 1 pm when they host NESCAC opponent Connecticut College. Endicott returns to action on Wednesday night at 6 pm in a home game against CCC conference foe Salve Regina.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello