Women's Lacrosse Wins NESCAC Quarterfinal Over Trinity 14-8

MEDFORD – Freshman Margie Carden led the Jumbos with four goals and two assists as the Tufts women's lacrosse team advanced to the NESCAC Championship Semifinals with a 14-8 victory over Trinity College at Bello Field this afternoon.

Seeded third in the tournament entering today's quarterfinal, the Jumbos (13-3) won their sixth straight game. Tufts will play #2 seed Colby College in the NESCAC Semifinals at #1 seed Middlebury College next Saturday.

Sixth-seed Trinity (9-7) likely saw its season come to an end this afternoon.

The Bantams started well today, with Christine Taylor scoring the game's first goal less than a minute into the action. She then set up a goal by Lilianna Khosrowshahi at 6:04 of the first quarter which tied the game at 2-2.

However, the Jumbos would take control of the game over the next 10 minutes. They scored four unanswered goals by four different players and led 6-2 on Caroline Cromwell's tally assisted by Sami Rothstein. Trinity's Khosrowshahi got another one, but the Jumbos finished the half with goals by Carden and Mae Briody to lead 8-3 at intermission.

The teams traded goals to start the second half, with Trinity's Elle Fair scoring from Casey Ward for a 10-5 game. Tufts thwarted the Bantam momentum though, with goals by Carden and Cromwell moving the Tufts advantage to seven (12-5). Trinity had the next two, pulling within 12-7 on another Taylor strike early in the fourth. Tufts finished off the win though with goals by Caroline Walter and Anna Clarke sandwiched around one by Trinity's Lily Ives for the 14-8 final.

Walter had three goals for the Jumbos, while Clarke scored two and won eight draw controls. Briody assisted three goals in addition to her own, while Mary Grace Reynolds scooped up three ground balls and caused two turnovers. Molly Laliberty made eight saves in goal.

Taylor with two goals and an assist led the Bantams, while Emma Alpaugh won seven draw controls and Gabriella Young made eight saves in goal.

The team stats had Tufts with 30 shots to Trinity's 25. Draw controls (15-10) and ground balls (11-10) favored the Jumbos as well. The Jumbos had five free-position goals in 10 attempts.