|Senior Collier Clegg finished with a game-high six groundballs
WILLIAMSTOWN - Junior Gabby Horner (Allentown, PA), returning to the field for the first time in five games, scored four goals with one assist to lead the 16th ranked Tufts women's lacrosse team to a 12-5 NESCAC win at Williams on Saturday.
Tufts came out strong and wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. After controlling the first draw of the game, Tufts showed their offensive strength with a goal by Kerry Eaton (Norfolk, MA) off an assist by Horner at 28:39. Challenged by turnovers and unable to complete a successful clear in the early minutes of the half, the Ephs gave up two more goals in the first five minutes of the game. Tallies by Lindsey Walker (Suffern, NY) at 26:03 and Annie Nero (Acton, MA) at 25:21 brought the Jumbo lead to 3-0.
Despite struggling to get something going on offense, the Ephs got on the scoreboard at 24:45 off a free-position goal by senior captain Sam Weinstein (Marblehead, MA).
Tufts was not deterred by the Eph goal and continued to find the weak spots in the Ephs' transition game. Capitalizing on Williams turnovers, Tufts scored three goals in three minutes to bring the score to 6-1. Horner scored consecutive goals for the Jumbos at 17:52 and 16:19 and Caroline Ross (Sewickley, PA) added another at 15:02.
Williams was able to find a response to Tufts' scoring run at 10:36 when Nancy Palmer (Lakeville, CT) converted on a free-position shot. Tufts went on to score two more goals in the half before Williams junior Becca McGovern (Weymouth, MA) gave the Ephs the last word in the half with a goal with 37.6 seconds left before halftime. The Jumbos led 8-3 at the break.
Tufts continued their offensive dominance in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes. First-year Brigid Bowser (Westborough, MA) at 24:54, Horner at 23:30, and junior Kate Applegate (Chadds Ford, PA) at 21:46 combined to increase the Tufts lead to 11-3.
The Ephs answered at 19:57 with a goal by Palmer, assisted by McGovern. However, it would not be enough to overcome the deficit. Both teams would tally one more goal bringing the final score to 12-5 in favor of the Jumbos.
Tufts led the Ephs in groundballs (22-17) and shots (22-14). Jumbo goalie Tess Shapanka (Sudbury, MA) had one save, while Ali Piltch stopped seven shots for the Ephs.
The Jumbos continue their weekend road trip to Middlebury tomorrow for a 1:00 start against the #3 team in the country. Williams will take the field again next Saturday against Colby College.
Game recap courtesy of Williams College