Women's Lacrosse Continues Fast Start to Season with 26-5 Win Over Wellesley

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's lacrosse team picked up their third win of the season in dominating fashion Wednesday evening over Wellesley College, 26-5, at Bello Field.

Lawliss led the Jumbos with six points off of three goals and three assists.

The Jumbos (3-0) strong offensive attack was well spread out with four members of the team picking up at least three goals. Annie Sullivan led the way with four and then Catherine Lawliss, Caroline Nowak, and Dakota Adamec all had three with Lawliss also recording three assists and Nowak one. In total, 15 Jumbos recorded at least one point. Lily Baldwin had her second extremely active game in a row, scoring two goals and tying the career-high she set last Saturday in draw controls with 10. The 26 goals scored was the most by a Jumbo team in program history. 

As for the Blue (0-3), Dacia Persky led the way with three of the team's five goals as Ellie Chalphin and Lena Engbretson picked up the other two. Olivia Strobl recorded the lone assist for Wellesley and Mariana Hernandez had a game-high four ground balls.

Tufts started the game out on a 6-0 run, getting goals from five different players. The second score in that span was when Lily Baldwin won the draw control, sprinted passed multiple defenders, and brought it all the way to the net and scored her first of the day.

The Blue had a little momentum going when Persky and Engbretson scored on back-to-back free position shots about half way through the first half to cut the Jumbos' lead to five. Persky added another goal a few minutes later to bring it to 10-4 in favor of Tufts, but then the Jumbos would end the half on an 8-0 run highlighted by three goals from Adamec to go into the break up 18-4.

The scoring did slow down a bit in the second half, but Wellesley wasn't able to get any closer as the Jumbo defense held them to one goal in the entire half, coming on a free position shot by Chalphin with 11 minutes remaining.

Tufts would score eight in the second half of play, bookended by two goals from Tori Rudnicki to give them the 26-5 win.

The Jumbos dominated in almost every statistical category, 26-7 in draw controls, 50-12 in shots, 16-13 in ground balls, and going a perfect 8-for-8 in clears compared to Wellesley's 8-for-20.

Audrey Evers played the first half for Tufts making three saves and then Kelly Melin came in in relief at the start of the second and also pick up three saves. For the Blue, Chloe Tucker had 12 saves in net.

The Jumbos will travel to Colby for their second NESCAC game of the season on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game. Wellesley will head to Stevens on the same day.

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Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern