WILLIAMS EDGES TUFTS IN TIGHT NESCAC ENCOUNTER, 15-13
WOMEN'S LACROSSE FINAL SCORE
Williams 15, Tufts 13
At Medford, MA
Saturday, March 21, 2009
|Amanda Roberts scored five times to lead
MEDFORD -- First-year Margie Fulton (Wellesley, MA) came off the bench to score five goals with an assist, and junior Tina Nawrocki (Winchester, UK) added four goals and two assists, as the unranked Williams College women's lacrosse team defeated #7 Tufts University, 15-13, in a very competitive NESCAC game on Bello Field Saturday afternoon.
The visiting Ephs scored on six of 10 free-position opportunities and got 13 saves from sophomore goalie Julia Schreiber (Cockeysville, MD) while improving to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in NESCAC. Sophomore Amanda Roberts (Wenham, MA) scored five goals to lead Tufts, which lost for the first time this season (4-1, 2-1 NESCAC).
The Jumbos had a 4-1 lead halfway into the first period, with junior Emily Johnson (Yarmouth, ME) scoring twice. The Ephs scored three of the next four goals, including Nawrocki's second of the game at 5:40 to make it 5-4 Tufts. An unassisted tally by senior Courtney Thomas (Needham, MA) got one back for the Jumbos, but Williams finished with four straight goals to end the half leading 8-6. Three of the goals came with Tufts starting goalkeeper Sara Bloom (Summit, NJ) off the field due to a yellow card. Fulton scored twice during the Williams run.
Tufts battled back by out-scoring Williams 5-2 in the first 16 minutes of the second half. Roberts scored twice during this span and gave Tufts a 10-9 lead at 17:58. Senior tri-captain Britt Spackman (Newton, MA) tied it at 10 for Williams, but first-year Maggie Casey (Wayne, PA) put Tufts back on top with an unassisted goal at 14:07. That's when Williams took control of the game, scoring four straight in a five-minute span. Nawrocki scored the first two of the stretch and added an assist, helping the visitors take a 14-11 advantage at the 8:46 mark. Roberts scored her fifth at 5:35 to pull the Jumbos within two (14-12), but that's as close as they would get. Tufts played most of the final 3:30 short-handed due to yellow cards.
Junior Whitney Thayer (Lancaster, PA) finished with three goals and two assists for Williams, which also got two goals and three assists from Spackman. Nawrocki controlled five draws and caused three turnovers for the Ephs, while senior tri-captain Lizzie Burns (Dover, DE) led them with five ground balls.
Johnson had three goals for Tufts and Thomas finished with two. Junior Alyssa Kopp (Hollis, NH) had a game-highs with six draw controls and seven ground balls. Roberts also caused three turnovers. Bloom finished with three saves in 55:41 of play.
Tufts is off all week until playing at Wesleyan next Saturday (Mar. 28). The same is true for Williams, which next hosts Trinity on Saturday.