MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's lacrosse team won their second game of the season Saturday afternoon against MIT, 21-10, at home on Bello Field.
|Games had a hand in six of the Jumbos' goals.|
The Jumbos (2-0) held the momentum for the majority of the game, although the Engineers (1-2) were able to hang around for a good portion.
Emily Games led Tufts with six points from three goals and three assists. She also picked up four ground balls and caused four turnovers. Annie Sullivan and Caroline Nowak each had three goals and an assist and Dakota Adamec followed up her NESCAC Co-Player of the Week performance with another strong outing with two goals and an assist. Lily Baldwin was on fire in the midfield for the Jumbos, winning 10 draw controls, causing three turnovers, and picking up one goal and two assists.
On the other side Emily Young had a game-high eight points coming from three goals and five assists. She had a hand in all but two of MIT's scores. Katie Notatangelo had three goals off of six shots, Rayna Higuchi had two, and Cecilia McCormick and Ana Flooks each had one.
A big storyline was Tufts' strong defensive pressure, forcing the Engineers to fail on half of their clear attempts. They went 15-for-30 for the game.
The contest started with the Jumbos striking first, getting out to 2-0 lead off of goals from Games and Sullivan. But Young answered right back for MIT scoring two goals of her own to tie it at two. Sullivan scored her second and Higuchi her first to tie it again at three, but the Jumbos then went on an 8-0 to stretch the lead to 11-3. In the final five minutes of the half, the Engineers netted a few more goals to cut the deficit to six going into the break.
The second half started with the Jumbos out front, 13-7, and MIT would get no closer. Tufts opened the half scoring four straight goals starting with one from Kristen Grazewski, the first of her collegiate career, and ending with one from Nowak. Young then got her third score of the game, but Johanna O'Neil answered right back with the Jumbos down one to kill any Engineer momentum. Maria Dattolo and Claire Wright also scored their first collegiate goals in the game.
Audrey Evers made seven saves in goal for Tufts, while Hannah Adams had 12 for MIT.
Up next for the Jumbos will be another home contest against Wellesley on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. The Engineers will travel to Bridgewater State on the same day.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern