BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Tufts University women's lacrosse team got five goals from senior Caroline Nowak and limited Babson College to just one second-half tally to pull away for a 17-6 victory in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon at MacDowell Field at Babson. With the victory, the Jumbos (10-1) snapped Babson's (6-5) three-game winning streak, while winning their sixth in a row.
|Nowak tied a career-high with five goals on Sunday.|
Junior Dakota Adamec had three goals and freshman Catherine Lawliss, who led all players with two assists, was one of four players to contribute a pair of tallies for the Jumbos. Juniors Hedy Veith and Cecily Freliech each caused three turnovers and sophomore Maddie Norman led all player with five draw controls.
Junior Lexi Lenaghan and freshman Georgia Salvatore both scored twice for the Beavers. Senior Christine Regan and sophomore Brooke Majewski both scooped up three ground balls, while first-years Sara O'Connor and Isabelle Lent combined to win seven draw controls.
Goals by Lenaghan and first-year Juliana McGuire gave the Green and White a 2-0 lead less than four minutes into the contest. Tufts responded with three straight tallies, two of them from Nowak, to take its first lead at the 19:04 mark, but markers by senior Julia Harrigan, Salvatore and Lenaghan helped the Beavers pull even at 5-5 with 14:01 to go in the opening half.
The Jumbos gained separation with three goals over the final 9:25 of the stanza to build an 8-5 advantage at the break. Sophomore Emily Games scored twice in the first four minutes of the second half and Lawliss and Adamec followed with tallies just 41 seconds apart to extend the margin to 12-5 with 23:11 to go in the game.
Nowak scored twice around a marker by junior Annie Sullivan for a 15-5 lead with under 10 minutes remaining before Salvatore stopped the run by converting a feed from junior Taylor Thorbahn.
Freshman Cricket Fligor stopped nine shots for Babson, while junior Audrey Evers turned away seven shots for Tufts.
The Beavers committed 12 second-half turnovers, while the Jumbos notched four of their six free-position goals over the final 30 minutes.
Babson returns to action when it hosts MIT on Wednesday at 4 p.m., while Tufts travels to sixth-ranked Amherst next Saturday at 12 p.m.
Release courtesy of Babson Athletics.