Women's Lacrosse Defeats St. Lawrence 20-5 in NCAA Opener

MEDFORD - The Tufts University women's lacrosse team won its ninth game in a row on Sunday, a 20-5 NCAA Tournament second round victory at Bello Field.

The Jumbos (16-3) will now host an NCAA Regional at Bello next weekend (May 21-22). Tufts will face Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday at 4 pm, followed by Franklin & Marshall versus Ithaca at 7 pm in the "Sweet 16." The winners will meet in the "Elite 8" on Sunday at 7 pm with a berth into the "Final Four" on the line.

Early in the first quarter today, it seemed as though Tufts would be challenged by St. Lawrence. The Saints scored the firt goal by Bella Hillman with 9:32 on the first-period clock. However, the Jumbos would hit their stride and finish the first with goals by Emma Joyce, Caroline Walter and Anna Clarke to lead 3-1.

Joyce, who had five goals entering the day, scored four today. Two game in the second quarter when Tufts began to pull away. The Jumbos out-scored the Saints 6-2 in the quarter to lead 9-3 at the half. FIve different players netted the Jumbo goals, while Morgan Arakelian and Isabel Silvia scored on free-position shots for St. Lawrence. Jumbo senior goalie Molly Laliberty saved five of the seven shots she saw in the second frame.

Tufts would really open up space in the third, getting to running time by scoring the first five goals to lead 14-3. Margie Carden, who led Tufts with five goals, had three of them with an assist during this third-quarter run. Silvia and Callie O'Neil scored back-to-back goals for SLU to stop the clock, but Anna Clarke (four goals, eight draw controls) had the last goal of the third for a 15-5 Tufts lead.

The Jumbos then added on five more goals in the fourth while shutting out the Saints in the period. Caroline Cromwell and Kate Mastrobuono had late goals for Tufts, and Joyce closed things with her fourth.

Becca Gable and Ananda Kao both scooped up three ground balls defensively for Tufts, while Mary Grace Reynolds caused two turnovers. Laliberty finished with nine saves and five ground balls. Courtney Kaufman played the final 11 minutes and made two saves.

Silvia was all over the stat sheet for the Saints, scoring twice, picking up five ground balls, winning three draw controls and causing three turnovers. Starting goalie Raelynn Bovenzi made 10 saves in almost 41 minutes of action. Courtney Lynn had three stops during the nearly 20 minutes she played. St. Lawrence finished its year at 16-3.