MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's lacrosse team defeated FDU-Florham, 17-8, in the first round of the NCAA Championship Saturday afternoon in Shadek Stadium at Franklin & Marshall for their first NCAA tournament win since 2015.
The Jumbos (13-4) were led by Catherine Lawliss' four goals and Emily Games' three goals and one assist. Annie Sullivan also contributed three goals, while Caroline Nowak scored twice and assisted on two others. Other Jumbos to record at least a point include Clare Wright (two goals), Dakota Adamec (one goal, one assist), Kirsten Grazewski (one goal), Maddie Norman (one goal), and Courtney Grygiel (one assist). Hedy Veith caused a game-high four turnovers on defense. In goal, Audrey Evers recorded six saves.
The Devils (15-5) were led by Kathleen Petrucelli who scored three goals and recorded the team's only assist. The other goals were scored by Caroline Pape (two), Noelle Shirey, Caitlyn Damon, and Aliyha Elk. In goal for FDU, Megan Nemeth made 12 saves.
Six minutes into the game, the Jumbos held a 4-1 advantage after three goals from Sullivan and one from Games. The Devils answered back with three straight to tie the game at four. But the Jumbos would end the half on a 6-1 run with goals from Nowak, Adamec, Games, Norman, and two from Lawliss to take the 10-5 lead into halftime.
The scoring slowed a bit in the second half, but the Jumbos were able to stay ahead. Petrucelli got the first goal of the half for FDU, but Tufts would score the next five over the course of 13 minutes to put the game away. Games and Lawliss added a couple more later in the half for good measure, as the Devils were never able to get within less than four.
Tufts won 17 draw controls to FDU's 10 and outshot them as well, 40-19.
The Jumbos will play again tomorrow in the second round of the NCAA Championship against Franklin & Marshall.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern