Strong First Half Leads Women's Lacrosse to 19-5 Road Victory at Bates

LEWISTON, Maine – Three Jumbos netted hat tricks in No. 5 Tufts women's lacrosse's 19-5 victory at No. 22 Bates College on Wednesday night at Garcelon Field. Tufts junior Emily Games led the way with five goals. Sophomore Claire Wright and first-year Mae Briody each netted three goals as well for Tufts.

Briody netted three goals in the Jumbos 19-5 win over Bates

Following the victory, Tufts improves to 13-0 overall and improves to 8-0 in the NESCAC. It's the best start to a season for the Jumbos since 1989. With the loss, Bates falls to 8-5 overall and 4-4 in conference action. Tufts has now won each of the past six match-ups between the teams dating back to 2014.

The Bobcats came out strong with sophomore Summer Dias scoring off a pass from senior Sydney Howard. After the Dias goal, Games went on to score three unanswered goals over a three-minute span to give Jumbos a 3-1 advantage. Games' first two goals came off shots from the right side and the third came off a free-position shot. The Bobcats then looked to get their season-leading point scorer sophomore Margaret Smith involved and she attempted a shot after the Games free-position goal that was stopped by Tufts senior goalie Audrey Evers.

Briody kept the Jumbos' run going after receiving a great pass from senior Courtney Grygiel from behind the cage to give Tufts a three-goal advantage (4-1). Tufts junior Maddie Norman won the next draw control and sophomore Catherine Lawliss buried a bounce shot to extend the lead to 5-1. Jumbo junior Lily Baldwin intercepted a pass and scored on an empty net as Tufts' then had scored six unanswered goals. Bates first-year Jordyn Tveter ended the nine-minute Jumbo run with a free-position goal to get the Bobcats within four (6-2). Games answered with another free-position goal less than a minute later to retake a five-goal leadn for the Jumbos.

Dias then earned a free-position attempt and rifled a shot that was denied by Evers. On the ensuing possession, Grygiel found a cutting Wright to give the Jumbos an 8-2 edge with 14:27 remaining in the first half. The Jumbos went on to score the contest's next four goals over six minutes of clock time to take a 12-2 lead led by two more goals from Wright. Tufts first-year Anna Clarke buried a goal and Games scored again off a nice feed from sophomore Kirsten Grazewski during that stretch.

Bates senior Katie Allard then received a pass from Smith to end another Jumbo run to cut the deficit back into single digits (12-3). Smith again looked to score on the next possession, but was denied by Evers on a free-position shot. The Jumbos came right back down the field and senior Annie Sullivan converted a free-position shot to extend the lead back to 10 goals. Bobcat sophomore Lila Hutchins got on the board with four minutes left in the half. Lawliss had a good chance with three minutes left in the half, but a good save by senior goalie Eliza Statile was made on the play. The Jumbos entered halftime with a 13-4 advantage after no goals were scored in the final three minutes of the half.

Briody opened the second half by scoring a goal off a pass from Norman less than two minutes into the frame as the Jumbos' offense kept rolling. Games had a quality chance on the next possession, but was denied by Statile. The Jumbo defense played fantastic as well led by seniors Hedy Veith and Maddy Schwartz as they didn't allow a goal for the first 13 minutes of the second half. Dias netted a goal with 16:35 remaining for the Bobcats' first goal of the half. After the goal, Dias got another good chance, but Tufts first-year Molly Laliberty made a nice save on the ball.

Tufts senior Gabby Vinci accounted for the contest's next goal off a free-position shot. Fellow Jumbo senior Maria Dattolo had a hand in the next two goals as she scored one and then found Briody for the second. Vinci then found senior Dakota Adamec as the Jumbos' run was extended to four unanswered goals. Dattolo scored the contest's final goal with 8:15 remaining for the Jumbos' 19-5 win. Tufts' defense in the second half only allowed one goal.

For the game, Tufts attempted 31 shots with 25 going on goal and Bates tallied 18 shots with 13 reaching goal. The Jumbos won 16 draw controls and the Bobcats recorded 10. Tufts was an perfect 4-4 on free-position shots. Both teams scooped up 11 ground balls in the contest.

Dattolo chipped in two goals and an assist in the game for Tufts. Grygiel dished out a game-high two assists and had a team-leading two ground balls. Vinci recorded a goal and an assist. There were 13 different Jumbos who recorded a point in the game. Evers and Laliberty combined to save eight Bobcat shots.

Dias led Bates' offense with two goals and won a game-high four draw controls. Tveter, Allard, and Hutchins also chipped in with goals. Six different Bobcats recorded at least a point in the game. Statile stopped six Jumbo shots on the night.

Tufts returns to action on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm when they travel to No. 3 Middlebury in a game that will have large implications in NESCAC seeding. Bates travels to No. 11 Amherst on Saturday with a 12pm start time.


Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello