|Brigid Bowser controlled seven draws for Tufts and scored twice
Game recap courtesy of Wheaton College
NORTON, MA – New in the national poll this week, the Tufts Unimversity women's lacrosse team defeated Wheaton College, 15-7, in non-conference action on Thursday evening at Nordin Field.
Tufts senior Gabby Horner matched Wheaton sophomore Jenna Tewksbury with a game-high four goals, while junior Lindsey Walker recorded a hat-trick. Senior Eliza Halmo and sophomore Brigid Bowser recorded two goals, respectively.
Along with Tewksbury's four tallies for Wheaton, senior co-captain Leila Mills, classmate Hayley Bright and sophomore Brooke Sabol each recorded one strike.
Wheaton junior goalkeeper Katy Ananian turned away 11 of 26 shots and dished out an assist late in the second half when she connected with Mills for her team's fifth goal of the contest. Tufts junior Rachel Gallimore stopped six of 13 attempts.
The Jumbos won 17 draw controls compared to the Lyons, who won seven. Bowser dominated with seven individually for Tufts. Sabol won three draw controls for the Blue and White, while Tewksbury registered two victories. Tufts outshot Wheaton, 35-16.
Horner's first tally, which was recorded at 27:16 in the opening session, sparked a 3-0 run for the visitors. Tewksbury ended the run with her 11th goal of the season at the 22:47 mark on a free position strike. Tufts and Wheaton swapped goals before junior Kali DiGate pushed her team ahead by three goals (5-2) with a free position tally at 6:35.
The Jumbos extended their lead to five goals in the opening minutes of the second half, thanks to Horner, who recorded back-to-back goals to begin the stanza at 26:01 (free position) and 24:23.
Tufts scored four of the next six goals, which provided the Jumbos with an 11-4 lead, but Wheaton trimmed its deficit to 11-7 with goals from Mills, Tewksbury and Bright with 10:14 remaining.
Bowser dashed the Lyons' comeback hopes with her first strike at 5:10 when she zig-zagged her way into the Wheaton zone and fired a shot past Ananian at 5:10 initiating a 4-0 run that sealed the win for the Jumbos.
Wheaton converted 13 of 19 clears, while Tufts went 10 of 12 in its transition game. The Jumbos also netted seven goals on 11 free positions. The Lyons ended the night going four for four on free-position attempts. Wheaton also won the ground balls matchup 23-21.
Wheaton (3-4) travels to Mount Holyoke for a conference clash on Saturday at noon. Tufts hosts #12 Trinity (CT) on Saturday, also at noon.