MEDFORD - On another Arctic afternoon at Bello Field, the Tufts University women's lacrosse team cooked up a 21-0 defeat of visiting non-conference foe Castleton University on Wednesday.
|Alison Moky scored her first two collegiate goals|
The shutout is the first by the Tufts team since an 11-0 final over Wellesley College 21 years ago on April 4, 1996. The Jumbos had 14 players score goals today led by three each from sophomore Dakota Adamec and freshman Emily Games.
Tufts had a 10-0 lead 15:22 into the game and played with a running clock for the remainder of the contest. In wicked wind and cold, the game mercifully clocked in at a quick one hour, 15 minutes.
Adamec and Games scored all three of their goals to lead the Jumbos in the first half, as they took a 15-0 advantage into intermission. Junior Taylor Meek and sophomore Cecily Freliech scored twice in the opening 30 minutes, while freshmen Alison Moky and Lily Baldwin had the first scores of their collegiate careers.
After a two-minute halftime break was agreed upon, the teams played scorelessly until the 11:59 mark of the second half. The first career goals by Jumbo sophomore Maria Dattolo and freshman Dana Gill were among others tallied by Caroline Kingsley, Hannah Paborsky, Megan Toner and Moky for Tufts in the second half.
Castleton had just one shot on goal in the game, taken by Grace Johnson at 22:45 of the second half and saved by Tufts sophomore goalie Audrey Evers. Sophomore Samantha Hebb played all 60 minutes in goal for the Spartans and made 10 saves, including eight in the second half. Junior Hannah Braman caused two turnovers for the visitors and junior Nadine Downing picked up two groundballs.
The Jumbos controlled 21 of the 23 draws in the game, led by Baldwin's five and four from Adamec.
Tufts travels to play #7 Trinity College in a Saturday NESCAC game at 12 noon. Castleton is at Southern Maine on Friday at 4:30 p.m.