Tufts 19, Babson 11

At West Palm Beach, FL
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Game Box Score

Jenna Abelli matched her career-high with five goals

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Junior Jenna Abelli (Framingham, MA) scored four of her game-high five goals in the first half, and the Tufts women's lacrosse team scored 11 times in the second half, as the Jumbos posted a 19-11 victory over Babson College Tuesday on spring break in Florida.

The victory was the second in four days over a team ranked in the top 10 of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association national poll by the #13 Jumbos. Babson is ranked #9 and Colby, whom Tufts defeated 13-9 on Saturday, is at #8. The Jumbos improved to 4-0 overall and Babson dropped to 2-2.

Tufts scored the first two goals, by seniors Courtney Thomas (Needham, MA) and Maya Shoham (West Hartford, CT), and never trailed in the game. Babson rallied to tie at 3-3 and 4-4 on goals by Jess Parker and Anna Collins, respectively. However, Tufts scored the next three, with two assists from senior co-captain Chrissie Attura (Yarmouth, ME), and led 7-4. Lindsay Bucci sandwiched a pair of goals around an Abelli tally and it was 8-6 at halftime.

The Jumbos opened up some breathing room by scoring the first two goals of the second half, by sophomore Amanda Roberts (Wenham, MA) and junior Emily Johnson (Yarmouth, ME). Babson was within three (11-8) when Anna Collins scored on a free-position shot at 23:09. But from there, Tufts scored the next five and had a 16-8 advantage on a goal by first-year Lara Kozin (Suffern, NY) at 10:26. The teams traded goals during the final 10 minutes, with Abelli netting her fifth of the game at the 5:19 mark.

The Jumbos got another good game in goal from sophomore Sara Bloom (Summit, NJ), who made 10 saves. Attura had five assists and Roberts also had a five-point game with three goals and two assists. She controlled five draws as well.

Collins and Parker each scored three goals for Babson, while senior captain Jackie Godfrey added two goals and four assists for six points. Sophomore goalie Sarah Macary played all but three minutes in net for the Beavers, finishing with nine saves.

Tufts returns home to host a NESCAC game against Williams on Saturday. Babson remains in Floriday and plays Messiah on Thursday.