|First-year Brigid Bowser figured in six goals, scoring four
FARMINGDALE, NY - First-year midfielder Brigid Bowser (Westborough, MA) scored four goals and had two assists and sophomore midfielder Lindsey Walker (Suffern, NY) had four goals and added one assist as 18th-ranked Tufts earned a 16-7 women's lacrosse victory over Farmingdale State this afternoon.
Trailing 4-1 midway through the first half, sophomore midfielder Alyssa Handel (Medford, NY) scored a free-position goal for the Rams (3-2) to cut the deficit to 4-2. The Jumbos (3-1) scored four unanswered goals over the final 13:35 to take an 8-2 advantage into the break. Walker scored three goals to lead Tufts in the first 30 minutes.
Leading 13-3, Bowser converted back-to-back free-position attempts to put Tufts ahead 15-3 with 13:01 to play. Sophomore attack Nicole Marzocca (West Babylon, NY) and first-year midfielder Janisha Sanchez (Brentwood, NY) each scored a pair of goals for Farmingdale State in the closing minutes, but the Rams fell 16-7.
Marzocca, Sanchez, and Handel each tallied two goals, while sophomore midfielder Christy Thoden (Bayport, NY) had a goal and an assist for the hosts. Senior defender Jillian Pironti (Seaford, NY) caused a team-high three turnovers and picked up three ground balls for Farmingdale State.
Senior goalkeeper Tess Shapanka (Sudbury, MA) had eight saves for the victory, allowing only three goals in 47 minutes of action for Tufts. Senior Meg Boland (New Canaan, CT) was stellar on defense, causing five turnovers and grabbing seven groundballs. Sophomore Emily Wright (Richmond, VA) controlled five draws for the Jumbos.
Tufts returns to Medford and will return to NESCAC play when they host Colby on Saturday at 11 am. The Rams next will travel to Mount Saint Mary College for a Skyline Conference game on Thursday at 7:00 pm.
Game recap courtesy of Farmingdale State