Recap courtesy of MIT
CAMBRIDGE - Sophomore Dakota Adamec scored five goals as the Tufts University women's lacrosse team opened its 2017 season with a 12-5 win at neighboring rival MIT on Sunday afternoon.
|Dakota Adamec started her sophomore season with five goals|
The Jumbos outscored MIT, 6-2, in the second half to pull away for the non-conference victory after leading 6-3 at intermission. Adamec scored four times on free-position opportunities and also recorded two groundballs, four draw controls and two caused turnovers for the Jumbos.
Juniors Katie Notarangelo and Emily Young both scored twice for the Engineers (1-1).
Freshman Maddie Norman found the back of the net for Tufts almost two minutes into the game, scoring both the Jumbos' first goal of 2017 and her first collegiate goal. Following a 10-minute defensive battle, Adamec scored two quick goals to give the visitors a 3-0 lead. Notarangelo put MIT on the board midway through the half, but the Jumbos increased their margin to 5-1 following strikes by Caroline Nowak and Adamec. Markers by sophomore Cecilia McCormick and Notarangelo kept the Engineers within striking distance. However, Courtney Grygiel's unassisted goal gave Tufts a 6-3 advantage heading into halftime.
Unlike the first half, the opening 10 minutes of second stanza saw a flurry of offensive activity. Norman started the Jumbos' three-goal spurt with a man-up strike after 21 seconds expired. After earning an assist on Norman's goal, Taylor Meek got into the scoring column while Adamec's fourth marker extended the lead to 9-3. Young ended MIT's scoring drought at the 24:10 mark, but it would not be enough as Tufts outscored the hosts, 3-1, down the stretch.
Norman and Emily Games both posted two goals for Tufts while Lily Baldwin collected four draw controls. All three were making their college debuts. Hedy Veith notched two caused turnovers and Audrey Evers produced two saves and three groundballs for the Jumbos.
Tufts won the draw control battle (12-7) and had the upper hand in shots (31-11) and groundballs (27-18).
MIT junior goalie Eva Boal totaled 13 saves, six groundballs and three caused turnovers and freshman Emily Berzolla paced the Engineers with two draw controls.
Tufts continues its early-reason road trip next Saturday when it takes on nationally-ranked No. 1 Middlebury College in its NESCAC opener. MIT returns to action on Wednesday when it visits Roger Williams University.