HARTFORD – Senior Annie Sullivan and junior Emily Games each netted hat tricks to guide No. 8 Tufts Women's Lacrosse over No. 9 Trinity College 12-6 on Saturday afternoon at Sheppard Field in a NESCAC clash.
|Annie Sullivan recorded a hat-trick for the Jumbos.|
Following the victory, the Jumbos improve to 6-0 on the season and are 3-0 in NESCAC action. Trinity falls to 5-1 overall and is 2-1 in conference play.
Trinity first-year Lilianna Khosrowshahi got the Bantams on the board in the second minute of the game after earning a free-position attempt. Tufts senior Dakota Adamec came right back down the field and ripped a shot that went wide of the goal. The Jumbos' first-year Anna Clarke then earned a free-position attempt, but her shot went wide of the mark as well. Tufts sophomore Catherine Lawliss finally broke through the Bantam defense and evened the score at 1-1 with 18:02 remaining in the half.
Evers made a save following the Lawliss goal on another shot attempt from Khosrowshahi. Bantam first-year goalie Gabriella Young recorded her first save of the game on a shot off the stick of Games. Trinity sophomore Katrina Angelucci then scored a goal with 8:17 left in the half to regain the lead for the hosts at 2-1. However, the Jumbos ended the frame by scoring two unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead in what was a defense-oriented half. Games received a pass from Adamec and beat Young, and Sullivan scored on a free-position attempt with two second son the clock for the two Jumbo goals.
Tufts opened the second half with three unanswered goals over the first nine minutes. Games, Adamec, and Tufts season-leading scorer first-year Colette Smith each scored during the Jumbos' run that put them up 6-2. Trinity junior Ashley Turnbull ended the Jumbos' run with a goal to get the Bantams within three (6-3).
Khosrowshahi earned another free-position attempt, but missed wide. Sullivan capitalized after the missed shot by scoring a goal with 18:13 remaining to put the Jumbos up 7-3. Games then converted a free-position shot less than a minute later for another Tufts goal. Bantam sophomore Sydney Bell rifled a shot that beat Evers three minutes later for an 8-4 score. Jumbo senior Courtney Grygiel capitalized on an extra-man opportunity by scoring off a pass from Adamec to put Tufts up 9-4. Sullivan scored another goal off a free-position shot to gain a six-goal edge for the visitors.
Trinity senior Mary French and sophomore Olivia Weckwerth scored the Bantams' final two goals. Adamec and first-year Kathryn Delaney scored the Jumbos' final two goals as the visitors earned the 12-6 victory. The Jumbos outscored the Bantams 9-4 in the second half of the contest.
Tufts attempted 33 shots, 23 on goal, and Trinity tried 22 shots, 13 on goal. The Jumbos scooped up 18 ground balls to the Bantams' eight. There were a combined 37 turnovers in the contest. The Jumbos converted five free-position attempts and Trinity found the back of the net on two of them.
Adamec recorded a team-leading four points with two goals and two assists in the game. Grygiel dished out an assist and netted a goal for the Jumbos. Lawliss, Delaney and Smith also added goals for the Jumbos. Senior Audrey Evers recorded seven saves and scooped up a team-high three ground balls for Tufts.
Young stopped 11 Jumbo shots in the contest. Khosrowshahi scored a goal and attempted a team-high five shots. Bell collected a team-high three ground balls and chipped in a goal. French, Weckwerth, Turnbull, and Angelucci netted the other four Bantam goals.
Tufts returns to the field tomorrow afternoon at 2 pm when they host non-conference opponent Endicott. Trinity plays again on Wednesday at 6 pm against St. Lawrence.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello