|Rachel Gallimore made a season-high 10 saves for Tufts
MEDFORD - Junior Bridget Malicki scored four goals and the Williams College women's lacrosse team never trailed in a 10-5 NESCAC victory at Tufts under the lights Wednesday night.
The win is the fifth in a row for the #12 Ephs, who improved to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the league. Senior tri-captain Rebecca McGovern scored three goals and senior tri-captain Ali Piltch had seven saves and three groundballs in goal for Williams.
Tufts, the #18 team in this week's national poll, was led by two goals apiece from sophomores Brigid Bowser and Caroline Ross. Junior Rachel Gallimore stopped 10 shots in goal and classmate Emily Wright grabbed four draw controls.
Williams scored on its first possession, with McGovern lifting the visitors to a 1-0 lead at 28:35. Junior Rebecca Bell added a free-position goal for the Ephs at 21:55 before the Jumbos got their first on a free-position chance by Bowser at 16:50 making it 2-1 Williams.
The next four would be Williams goals, starting just 30 seconds later. Malicki had two along with an assist during the run to help the Ephs open a 6-1 advantage. Tufts junior Kali DiGate stopped the stretch with a goal at 7:25 of the opening half, but Malicki's third of the period gave Williams a 7-2 lead at halftime. They doubled up the Jumbos in shots (17-8) and groundballs (10-5) for the half.
The Jumbos were able to close the gap to 8-5 in the first 16 minutes of the second half. Ross had back-to-back goals on free-position opportunities to pull Tufts within three at the 14:05 mark. However, the Jumbos were not able to add to that momentum as neither team scored in the next eight-plus minutes. Gallimore made two saves and Piltch had one during that span.
Williams locked up the win on goals by McGovern at 5:54 and by junior Hillary Cook at 3:39 for the 10-5 final.
Malicki have a five-point game for Williams, who out-shot Tufts 29-16. McGovern caused two turnovers to go with her trio of goals. Sophomore Natalie Gill won three draws for the Ephs. Williams had a 14-10 edge in groundballs overall and scored on four of 10 free-position shots.
The five goals were the fewest of the season for Tufts. Senior Kelley Cohen caused two turnovers defensively and had two groundballs. Tufts had a 9-8 in draw controls led by Wright.