MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's lacrosse team defeated Williams College, 14-11, Wednesday evening at Bello Field.
|Nowak recorded a career-high seven points in the win.|
The Jumbos (8-1, 5-0 NESCAC) were able to hang on to the three goal lead that they built over the Ephs (4-5, 1-4 NESCAC) late in the first half. The teams each scored six in the second half, giving Tufts the win.
Caroline Nowak led all scorers with five goals and two assists to go along with two ground balls, two draw controls, and a caused turnover. Catherine Lawliss had three goals and two assists for the Jumbos and Emily Games recorded four points with a goal and three assists. Maddie Norman, Annie Sullivan, Dakota Adamec, and Maria Dattolo all also scored for Tufts.
Kara Wollmers led the way for the Ephs with four goals. Emma Tenbarge scored three times and Olivia Gomez twice. Kailie Saudek and Claire Fitzpatrick had a goal apiece with Louisa Ebby, Sophia Millay, Meghan Halloran, Caroline Hogan, Saudek, and Fitzpatrick picking up assists. Millay had a game-high seven draw controls and Fitzpatrick caused three turnovers.
Fitzpatrick scored the first goal of the game about five minutes into the first half. Tufts would answer back with two of their own, before Williams proceeded to score four of the next five goals to build a 5-3 lead with 13 minutes left in the first half.
The Jumbos have rarely trailed this season and they showed why as they closed out the first half of play on a 5-0 run with two goals by Norman and Nowak and one by Lawliss.
Tufts would stretch their lead to five when they scored the first two goals of the second half by Nowak and Adamec. With the Jumbos looking ready to run away with it, Williams climbed right back in, going on a 3-0 run over the next eight minutes with goals by Wollmers, Tenbarge, and Saudek to get the score to 10-8 in favor of Tufts.
Dattolo and Lawliss would put the Jumbos back up by four before Tenbarge scored two goals for the Ephs within twenty seconds. Tufts led 12-10 with ten minutes to play, but Nowak put the game for Tufts with her fourth and five goals of the day to put it out of range for Williams.
Audrey Evers picked up the win in goal for the Jumbos making seven saves on the night. On the other end, Kami Cisneros was a big reason Williams was able to hang in the games, making 12 saves.
Neither team had much success on free position shots, with Tufts oddly struggling and going 0-for-8 as Williams went 1-for-3. The Jumbos outshot the Ephs, 32-24.
Tufts will travel to No. 14 Wesleyan (Conn.) on Saturday and Williams will host No. 6 Amherst on the same day.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern