MEDFORD – The No. 6 Tufts women's lacrosse team netted a season-high 24 goals in a 24-10 victory over non-conference opponent Babson College on Sunday afternoon at Bello Field. The 24 goals were the most in a game for Tufts since March 14, 2018 when the Jumbos scored 26 in a victory over Wellesley.
|Catherine Lawliss netted a game-high five goals and dished out an assist|
Tufts improves to 11-0 overall following the win and wrapped up non-conference play with a 5-0 record. Babson falls to 7-4 overall with the loss and is now 4-4 in non-conference games. The Jumbos have now won each of the past eight meetings between the two teams dating back to 2008.
The Beavers earned an early free-position attempt and sophomore Sarah McCarthy converted to give Babson an early 1-0 edge. Tufts sophomore Catherine Lawliss then matched the McCarthy goal with one of her own just 25 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1 less than two minutes in. Jumbo senior Annie Sullivan scored the contest's next goal off a pass from the Jumbos' season-leading point scorer Colette Smith to take a 2-1 lead for Tufts. Beaver sophomore Georgia Salvatore then converted a free-position shot to tie the game back up at 2-2. The Jumbos' man-down unit was able to score a goal as junior Maddie Norman finished off a pass from Lawliss to give the Jumbos a one-goal lead (3-2). Babson's season-leading point scorer senior Lexi Lenaghan then found junior Valerie Quinlan on the man-up opportunity to answer the Norman goal as the back-and-forth play continued early.
Smith had a great look at goal after the Quinlan tally, but was denied by Babson sophomore goalie Cricket Fligor. Tufts junior Emily Games then recorded a free-position goal and Lawliss put one in the back of the cage to give Tufts a 5-3 lead with 20:16 left in the first half. Beaver sophomore Juliana McGuire won the ensuing draw control and Salvatore buried a shot that got Babson as close as one goal from the lead (5-4). Over the next five minutes, the Jumbos went on a 4-0 run led by goals from Smith, junior Lily Baldwin, Lawliss, and senior Dakota Adamec to give the hosts a 9-4 advantage.
Babson responded with two unanswered goals from Salvatore and Quinlan to get back within three (9-6). Norman then earned a free-position shot, but again Fligor stopped the Jumbo attempt. Tufts first-year Mae Briody then connected with Smith, who buried a shot past Fligor to give the Jumbos a 10-6 edge. Norman then found Smith a minute later for another Jumbo goal and an 11-5 lead. Tufts continued to get into the Beaver zone as senior Courtney Grygiel, Briody, first-year Kathryn Delaney, Lawliss, and sophomore Claire Wright accounted for the game's next five goals in a four-minute time span. The Wright goal concluded a 7-0 Jumbo run in which the Jumbos attempted eight shots to take a 16-6 advantage. Babson junior Taylor Hermann then found Lenaghan, who scored a goal to end the Jumbo run. Tufts sophomore Kirsten Grazewski scored a man-down goal with 0:21 remaining in the first half to give the Jumbos a 17-7 lead at the half.
Wright netted her second goal of the game less than a minute into the second half as the Jumbo offense continued to execute at a high level. The Wright goal started what became a 3-0 Jumbo run as Tufts also had goals from Lawliss and senior Maria Dattolo to lead 20-7. The Tufts defense forced three turnovers and allowed no shots on goal in the first nine minutes of the second half. Lenaghan scored the first Beaver goal of the second half in the ninth minute in what was now a 20-8 game.
After the Lenaghan goal, the Jumbos went on a 4-0 run over the next 11 minutes, which was started by a goal from first-year Molly Seibel. Games scored twice on the run and Wright scored again as Tufts built a 24-8 margin. Lenaghan scored the final two goals of the game off a feed from Herrmann and a free-position shot making for the 24-10 final.
The Jumbos attempted 37 shots with 31 going on goal and Babson recorded 17 shots with 13 getting on goal. Tufts scooped up 17 ground balls to the Beavers' six. Each team was efficient on free-position shots as the Jumbos converted five and Babson scored four. The Beavers won 19 draw controls and Tufts collected 16.
Lawliss led the Jumbo offense with a game-high five goals and an assist. Smith also collected six points in the contest with three goals and three assists. Games and Wright each netted hat tricks as well for the Jumbos. Grygiel and Briody each scored a goal and dished out two assists. Baldwin won five draw controls in the contest. Senior Audrey Evers had three saves in 43 minutes of action. Every Jumbo participated in the game.
Lenaghan netted a team-high four goals and handed out an assist for Babson. Salvatore also scored a hat trick for the Beavers. Quinlan recorded three points in the game with two goals and an assist. Herrmann finished with a team-high three assists. McGuire won a game-high seven draw controls. Fligor recorded seven saves in goal for the Beavers.
Tufts' next game will be on Saturday when they host No. 11 Amherst in a NESCAC clash. Babson returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to MIT for a NEWMAC contest.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello