Women's Lacrosse Falls 10-9 to Middlebury in NESCAC Clash

MIDDLEBURY, VT. - Fifth-ranked Tufts University women's lacrosse suffered their first loss of the season in a hard-fought contest in which No. 3 Middlebury College won 10-9 on Saturday afternoon at Kohn Field. There were four lead changes and five ties in the contest.

Grygiel scored two of the Jumbos nine goals against Middlebury

With the loss, Tufts falls to 13-1 overall and they are 8-1 in NESCAC action. With the win, Middlebury is also 13-1 overall and 8-1 in conference play.

Tufts junior Emily Games got the contest's scoring started in the second minute when she earned a free-position shot and rifled it past Middlebury junior goalie Julia Keith. The Panthers came right back as first-year Jane Earley and sophomore Grace Getman each had good chances, but were denied by Tufts senior goalie Audrey Evers. Middlebury junior Emily Barnard got the Panthers on the board with 22:11 remaining in the first half to tie the game. Panther first-year Erica Barr won the ensuing draw control and found Earley to give Middlebury a 2-1 early edge.

Jumbo sophomore Catherine Lawliss looked to tie the game back up less than a minute after the Earley goal, but had a shot stooped by Keith. Tufts senior Dakota Adamec recorded the next goal off a pass from first-year Mae Briody. Briody was then able to find fellow first-year Kathryn Delaney to give the Jumbos a 3-2 lead. Panther senior Henley Hall and Barnard each got chances after the Delaney goal, but Evers made two saves on their shots. Tufts senior Courtney Grygiel then scored to extend the lead to 4-2 with 8:12 remaining in the first half as the Jumbos scored three unanswered goals.

The Panthers had a shot from sophomore Erin Nicholas hit the pipe, but first-year Lily Riseberg followed that up by scoring a goal to get the hosts within one (4-3). Earley then earned a free-position shot a minute later and converted to tie the game at 4-4. Middlebury extended their run to three goals in a row as Earley scored another goal giving the Panthers a 5-4 lead at halftime.

Nicholas began the second half with a goal on a free-position shot to extend the Panther lead to 6-4. Games responded with a free-position goal of her own less than a minute later to get back the Jumbos within a goal. Grygiel then scored a goal off a pass from Games to tie the game at 6-6. Lawliss then came down the field after Adamec won the draw control and had her shot denied by senior Kate Furber. Middlebury sophomore Kristen Murphy received a pass from Barnard and connected on a shot to give the Panthers a one-goal edge (7-6). Murphy then scored the contest's next goal on a man-up advantage less than a minute later to put Middlebury ahead 8-6 with 26:09 remaining. Over the next five minutes, there were a combined four turnovers. Tufts first-year goalie Molly Laliberty recorded a save on Barnard during that stretch.

Jumbo junior Maddie Norman received a pass from Adamec and scored a goal to get Tufts back within a goal (8-7). Tufts senior Annie Sullivan then netted a goal on a man-up opportunity less than two minutes later off a pass from Games to tie the score at 8-8. Middlebury junior Kate Zecca then had a pair of shots on goal that were stopped by Laliberty to keep the score tied. Getman earned a free-position shot and scored a goal with 10:42 remaining to give the Panthers a one-goal edge (9-8).

Tufts sophomore Claire Wright had a shot that was saved by Keith. Games then had a shot hit the post off a free-position attempt as the Jumbos were inches from tying the game. Wright got another chance and converted off a free-position shot to tie the contest at 9-9 with 4:30 remaining. Looking to ride the Jumbos' offensive momentum, Adamec earned a free-position shot, but it was stopped by Keith. Earley then scored the goal that put the Panthers ahead less than a minute after Adamec's free-position attempt to give Middlebury a 10-9 advantage. The Jumbos got a pair of offensive possessions after the Earley goal, but were unable to find the back of the net as they suffered a 10-9 loss.

The Jumbos' offense was led by Games, who scored a pair of goals and dished out two assists. Grygiel also scored two goals for Tufts. Tufts junior Lily Baldwin won a game-high six draw controls and scooped up two ground balls. Adamec, Sullivan, Delaney, Wright, and Norman each recorded a goal in the game. Evers and Laliberty combined to make 11 saves.

Earley netted a game-high four goals and attempted six shots on goal. Murphy chipped in a pair of goals and scooped up a ground ball. Barnard recorded a goal and an assist for the Panthers. Barr and Nicholas each won four draw controls. White scooped up five ground balls.  

Tufts will play their final regular-season game on Wednesday when they host Bowdoin at 7 pm on Bello Field. Middlebury also wraps up their regular season on Wednesday night when they host Williams at 6:30 pm.


Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello