|Gabby Horner surpassed 30 goals on the season at Wesleyan
Game recap courtesy of Wesleyan University
MIDDLETOWN, CT - Trailing 5-3 with 23:25 left in the second half, 17th-ranked Tufts netted the final four goals of the game to extend its winning streak versus Wesleyan to seven games and keep alive its hopes of hosting a first-round NESCAC tournament game with a 7-5 women's lacrosse win here today.
Now 5-4 in conference play, Tufts could finish 6-4 with a win at Bowdoin on Wednesday in the regular-season finale. Tufts needs Middlebury to lose to Williams and Colby to defeat Bates on Wednesday so Tufts, Colby and Middlebury all finish 6-4. Each team is 1-1 vs. the other two and would be 0-3 vs. the top three teams (Amherst, Trinity and Williams) leaving the fourth and final home game up for grabs.
Wesleyan closes out the year at Connecticut College Wednesday as both the Cardinals and Camels are 0-9 in league action while Wesleyan went 5-0 in non-conference play and Conn was 4-1.
The Jumbos started their 4-0 burst to the final horn at the 17:34 mark when junior Kali DiGate caught a pass from sophomore Caroline Ross moving toward the Wesleyan net and put home a high shot for her 21st goal of the year, making it a 5-4 game. At 12:26, sophomore Brigid Bowser spun past the Wesleyan defense from the left side and sent home a high shot to knot the count at 5-5 with her 23rd of the season. Tufts took the lead for good at 6:58 when Ross scored her second of the game, giving her three points on the day, with a run through the middle and another high shot for her 28th of the year. DiGate padded the lead with her second of the contest at 5:35, receiving a pass from low on the left by senior Kate Applegate and hitting the net high for goal number 22.
Wesleyan had chances to score in the closing moments of the game as first-year Meredith Smith, who scored twice, hit the crossbar with 1:20 left. Wesleyan got the ball back and sophomore Martha Harding took another shot from the left side that was saved by junior goalie Rachel Gallimore, her fifth of the game. Tufts kept possession for the final minute to run out the clock.
Wesleyan recovered from a 3-2 deficit with three straight goals over a span of just 1:14 early in the second half. The teams were tied at intermission, 2-2, but Tufts drew first blood in the second half on Ross' first goal of the game with a free-position shot at 27:40. Smith got her second goal of the outing and 19th of the season with a two-thirds length of the field run up the right side and high shot to even the score at 3-3 with 24:39 on the clock. Harding gave Wesleyan its first lead of the game at 4-3 only 22 seconds later with a high shot off a pass by senior Abby D'Angelo. It was Harding's second goal of the game and 14th of the season. Junior Leah Sherman finished the Wesleyan charge at 23:25 with her 13th goal of the year by penetrating the middle of the Jumbo defense and depositing a high shot into the net.
Shots favored Tufts, 21-15, as did ground balls, 19-10. Wesleyan sophomore keeper Nina Labovich collected 11 stops on the day.
Tufts improved its overall record vs. Wesleyan to 32-5.