No. 8 Middlebury Spoils Senior Day for No. 6 Women's Lacrosse

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's lacrosse team loss to Middlebury, 15-10, on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.

Nowak had a team-high three goals on Saturday.

The Jumbos (11-3, 7-2 NESCAC) held a 9-4 lead at halftime before the Panthers (11-2, 7-1 NESCAC) went on an 11-1 run that spanned the entire second half. Four players from Tufts had three points on the afternoon, Emily Games (two goals, one assist), Catherine Lawliss (one goal, two assists), Courtney Grygiel (one goal, two assists), and Caroline Nowak (three goals). Annie Sullivan and Dakota Adamec each had one goal and one assist and Maddie Norman picked up a goal of her own. Norman also had a team-high five draw controls.

For the Panthers, Emma McDonagh had a huge day with five goals and three assists. Hollis Perticone contributed two goals and two assists, while Emily Barnard and Kate Zecca each had two goals and an assist. Georgia Carroll racked up three goals, Jenna McNIcholas had one, and Kristen Murphy recorded one assist. Perticone had a game-high six draw controls and Emma Johns caused three turnovers.

Tufts got out to an early lead as Adamec put them on the board, followed by goals from Sullivan, Games, and two from Nowak. McDonagh had one sandwiched in between there as Tufts held a 5-1 lead halfway through the first half. For the rest of the half the teams played to an even 4-4 draw, which allowed the Jumbos to take the five goal lead into halftime.

That is when the Panthers kicked it into another gear, opening the second half of play on a 7-0 run to take an 11-9 lead. McDonagh scored three goals in that span, including the first and the last. Carroll, Barnard, and Zecca also contributed.

Games got one back for the Jumbos with 13 minutes to play off of the assist from Grygiel to pull them back within one, but that's as close as they would get. Four different players for the Panthers had a goal in the closing minutes to pull away from Tufts.

Both goalies made five saves on the day, Audrey Evers for Tufts and Julia Kieth for Middlebury. Kieth also had a few clutch caused turnovers that helped swing the momentum in favor of the Panthers.

While Tufts held the advantage in draw controls, 14-11, they weren't able to take advantage of enough opportunities to get the win. The Panthers converted 4-of-5 free position shots to the Jumbos' 2-of-4. Middlebury was also slightly more successful on the clear going 18-for-20 to Tufts' 14-for-18.

Jumbo seniors Nowak, Tori Rudnicki, and Taylor Meek were honored before the game.

Tufts will wrap of their regular season this Wednesday when they travel to Bowdoin. Middlebury will host Hamilton tomorrow before ending their regular season at Williams.

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Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern