MEDFORD – The #7 Tufts Women's Lacrosse team dished out a season-high 11 assists as the Jumbos earned a 21-7 NESCAC victory over Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field. Jumbo senior Courtney Grygiel recorded a game-high four assists.
|Grygiel dished out a game-high four assists on Saturday|
Tufts improves to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in NESCAC games following the victory. With the loss, Connecticut College falls to 3-6 and 0-4 in conference play.
The Camels came out of the gates with junior Clara Bisson rifling a shot that was stopped by Tufts senior goalie Audrey Evers. The Jumbos marched back down the field and senior Dakota Adamec earned a free-position attempt. She fired a shot that beat Camel sophomore goalie Nina Fazio to give the Jumbos a 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. Tufts first-year Kathryn Delaney won the draw control and wound up getting the ball back a minute later from Grygiel, leading to another Jumbo goal. The hosts continued their scoring run with a goal off the stick of junior Emily Games from season-leading point scorer first-year Colette Smith to take a 3-0 edge.
Tufts sophomore Kirsten Grazewski then found a cutting Smith, who put the ball in the back of the cage with 19:16 left in the first half for a 4-0 Jumbo margin. Adamec then scored her second free-position goal of the game on a man-up opportunity to extend the lead to 5-0. On the following draw control, Tufts junior Maddie Norman won the ball and earned a free-position attempt. Norman converted the shot as the Jumbos continued to play great lacrosse at both ends of the field.
Connecticut College junior Meghan Corcoran ended the Camels' scoring drought with a goal off a pass from sophomore Hannah Lombard at 15:24. Tufts then won another draw control, which led to another free-position shot from Adamec finding the back of the net with 14:50 remaining in the half (7-1). Over the next four minutes, Smith and Lombard traded goals in what was now an 8-2 contest. Tufts seniors Maria Dattolo and Annie Sullivan connected as Dattolo tallied to extend the lead to seven goals. The Camels' season-leading scorer Jamie Novoni got her first goal of the game as she came down the right side and beat Evers with 9:58 left in the half.
The Jumbos continued to move the ball at a high rate as senior Gabby Vinci found a cutting sophomore Catherine Lawliss for the Jumbos' 10th goal of the contest. Lombard then earned a free-position attempt and converted a shot to get the Camels as close as six goals (10-4) from the lead. Tufts took advantage of their second man-up opportunity of the game as Sullivan scored with 4:26 left in the half. Over the remainder of the frame, Navoni and Grazewski traded goals as the Jumbos took a 12-5 lead into the break.
Smith didn't lose a step out of the half as she scored two of the first three goals of the second half to give the Jumbos a 15-5 edge. Grazewski assisted on the first goal and Smith's second goal was unassisted. Sullivan netted the other goal during that stretch. Lombard scored from Navoni with 23:14 left in the second half to stop running time at 15-6. Smith scored her third goal of the half less than two minutes later, then Navoni answered with a goal of her own after fighting through a crowd of defenders.
With the Jumbos up 16-7, Norman eared another free-position attempt and buried the shot with 18:50 remaining. Over the next 12 minutes, the only goal scored came off the stick of Grazewski from Grygiel making it 18-7. Jumbo first-year goalie Molly Laliberty and Fazio each recorded saves during that stretch. The Jumbos ended the final 6:31 by scoring three goals to win the game 21-7. Tufts first-year Anna Clarke and sophomore Claire Wright each recorded man-up goals and Grazewski added the third goal during that span.
The Jumbos finished with 40 shots including 29 on goal, and the Camels attempted 22 shots with 13 on goal. Tufts scooped up 21 draw controls and Connecticut College had nine. The Jumbos converted seven free-position shots in 17 attempts.
Smith scored a game-high five goals and added an assist. Adamec and Grazewsli also recorded hat tricks. Sullivan tallied three points with a pair of goals and an assist. Norman won a game-high eight draw controls and chipped in two goals. All 29 Jumbos participated in the contest. Evers and Laliberty each played a half and recorded three saves.
Navoni netted a hat-trick, handed out an assist and won four draw controls to lead the Camels. Lombard also recorded a hat trick and had an assist in the game. Corcoran had the other Camel goal. Senior Jackie Cooney scooped up a game-high four ground balls. Fazio stopped eight Jumbo shots.
Tufts will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to NESCAC opponent Williams College for a 6 pm start time. Connecticut College will also play next on Wednesday when they host conference foe No. 9 Trinity at 6:30 pm.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello