(Feature photo from 2019 season)
|Sami Rothstein had four of Tufts' 16 draw controls today.|
NEW LONDON, Conn. - Senior Catherine Lawliss finished with nine points on five goals and four assists as the Tufts University women's lacrosse team earned a 17-5 NESCAC win at Connecticut College to open their 2021 season on Saturday. Tufts was playing its first game since March 7, 2020.
After Lawliss scored the Jumbos' first goal of the season 2:05 into play, senior Kirsten Grazewski scored three in a row as Tufts (1-0) bolted out to a 4-0 lead. The Camels (0-2) had two of the next three goals, including a man-advantage tally by Julianna Ingrassia. However, Tufts ran off the next five and led 10-2 with two minutes remaining in the half. Five different players scored those goals for the Jumbos.
After Ingrassia netted her second of the game with 1:08 to go in the first, Tufts' Ananda Kao joined the scoring parade with 32 seconds left and the Jumbos were up 11-3 at the break. They out-shot the Camels 26-9 and were 5 for 8 on free-position shots in the first 30 minutes.
Tufts put the game away by opening the second half with four goals in a row. Emily Games, who finished with three goals, had two early in the second including the strike that put Tufts ahead 15-3 with 22:35 remaining on the second-half clock.
With running time, the Jumbos slowed things down from there and the teams split the final four goals. Hailey Fahey and Kelly Wolin for Connecticut College, and Kathryn Delaney and Colette Smith for Tufts closed out the scoring.
Junior Molly Laliberty, US Lacrosse Magazine's DIII Preseason Goalie of the Year, saved eight of the 13 shots she saw for Tufts. Five Jumbos recorded two caused turnovers, including Delaney who also controlled four draws. Sami Rothstein also won four draws, while Anna Clarke took three as the Jumbos were 16 for 24 in that category.
Emily Yorns had a strong game for the hosts with a goal, assist, four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Violette Nidds stopped 11 shots in the Camel cage as Tufts finished with a 45-14 shots advantage.
Colby is next on Tufts' schedule as the Jumbos are slated to travel to Waterville, Maine next Saturday. Connecticut College will play at Bates that day.