MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's lacrosse team was able to hold off No. 4 Trinity College by a score of 12-9 today at Bello Field.
|Adamec's five goals brought her early season total to 21.|
The Jumbos (5-1, 3-0 NESCAC) came into the day ranked as the No. 10 team in the nation and showed they deserved that recognition as they were able to control the game against the higher-ranked Bantams (4-2, 2-1 NESCAC).
Dakatoa Adamec led the charge on offense for Tufts with five goals. Catherine Lawliss, Emily Games, and Annie Sullivan all picked up three points. Lawliss and Games off of a goal and two assists, while Sullivan's came on three goals. Caroline Nowak had two goals as well. Maddie Norman won six draw controls and five different Jumbos picked up two ground balls.
On the other side, Kiley Coffey and Annie Lyman had three goals each and Allie Barret had three points with one goal and two assists. Sophie Berger had a goal and an assist, Jennifer Cook recorded two assists, and Grace O'Donnell scored once for the Bantams. Barrett also had a team-high three draw controls and Morgan Strabley had three ground balls.
Trinity struck first less than three minutes into the game on a goal from Berger off the feed from Barrett, but Tufts answered back with a quick 3-0 run with two of the goals coming from Adamec. Coffey then scored two in a row for the Bantams to tie things up, but the Jumbos would finish the half by outscoring Trinity 5-2 to take the 8-5 lead into halftime.
Tufts was able to extend their lead at the beginning of the second half when they scored four of the first five goals of the period. Down 11-6, the Bantams put together a little 3-0 with goals from Coffey, Lyman, and Barrett to cut the Jumbos lead to two. Unfortunately for the Bantams, Tufts did a good job of staying patient and relaxed on offense so even though they didn't score in that time, they still used a lot of clock.
To put an end to any comeback hopes Trinity may still have had, Sullivan found the back of the net on a free position shot for the Jumbos with seven minutes remaining. Tufts was able to run down the clock the rest of the way without the Bantams getting another real look on goal.
Audrey Evers had a huge game in net for the Jumbos, making 10 saves with many of them coming at point blank range with no defenders between her and the attacker. For Trinity, Zoe Ferguson held her own as well making seven saves, Tufts just created too many quality looks.
The Jumbos held the advantage in draw controls, 14-9, which was a key factor in their abililty to run down the clock at the end of the second half. Even with the Bantams scoring, by winning the draw controls and taking their time on an offensive possession, Tufts was able to limit the chances Trinity got on offense.
Both teams gave each other issues clearing at times, with Tufts doing it successfully 11 out of 15 times and Trinity going 13-for-17.
Next up for the Jumbos is a road game against Endicott on Thursday. Trintiy will travel to Springfield on Tuesday.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern