Smith and Games Combine for 9 Goals in Women's Lacrosse's 21-13 Victory at Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN – Tufts first-year Colette Smith and junior Emily Games combined for nine goals in No. 6 women's lacrosse's 21-13 victory over conference foe Williams College on Wednesday night at Farley-Lamb Field. Smith netted a game-high five goals and Games recorded four.

Vieth scooped up five ground balls and forced four turnovers

Following the victory, Tufts remains unbeaten with a 9-0 overall record and is 5-0 in NESCAC action. With the setback, Williams falls to 5-4 overall and 1-4 in conference play. The Jumbos have now won each of the past five meetings between the two squads dating back to 2015.

With an 11-9 lead entering the second half, the Jumbos' offense started with a goal from senior Courtney Grygiel to take a 12-9 lead less than 0:30 into the half. Games and sophomore Catherine Lawliss each had great chances on a man-up opportunity, but were denied by Eph junior goalie Kami Cisneros. Smith was then able to beat the netminder and give the Jumbos a four-goal edge (13-9). The Jumbos got two more goals over the next 3:56 to take a six-goal advantage (15-9). Smith recorded a goal and an assist during that stretch and first-year Anna Clarke also found the back of the net. Williams responded with goals from senior Emma TenBarge and junior Kara Wollmers to cut the deficit to four goals (15-11).

After a draw control from Tufts senior Maddy Schwartz, Clarke netted another goal to put Tufts back ahead by five goals (16-11). Grygiel then found the back of the net for the second time in the half and gave the Jumbos a 17-11 edge with 19:17 remaining. Tufts first-year goalie Molly Laliberty made a save on a free-position attempt from TenBarge to keep the Ephs off the board. The contest's next goal was scored with 7:59 left in the game by sophomore Meghan Halloran off a Wollmers pass. Lawliss and first-year Kathryn Delaney then scored goals to put the Jumbos up by seven goals (19-12). In the final 1:30 of the contest, Tufts senior Annie Sullivan and sophomore Kirsten Grazewski tallied for the Jumbos to earn them the 21-13 win over the Purple and Gold.  

The Jumbos had won the first draw control of the game and marched down the field to get an early advantage off the stick of Games. Williams sophomore Sophia Millay then came down the field after winning the draw control and had her shot stopped by Tufts senior goalie Audrey Evers. Games attacked the Ephs' defense again 2:30 into the game and was able to beat Cisneros to give the Jumbos a two-goal edge. The Ephs cut into the Jumbo lead with a goal by first-year attack Mason Yonge less than a minute after Games' second goal. Williams sophomore Meghan Halloran then made a nice pass over to TenBarge to even the score at 2-2. Within the next two minutes, Games scored her third goal of the night and Wollmers scored a man-up goal as the teams stayed even at 3-3.

Williams then took a 4-3 lead on a shot off the stick of sophomore Claire Fitzpatrick with 23:38 left in the first half. Within the next six minutes, the Jumbos went on a 3-0 run to take a 6-4 lead. Lawliss led the run with a goal and an assist. Clarke netted a free-position goal and Delaney scored the other goal during that stretch. The Ephs ended the run with another goal from Wollmers and got within a goal (6-5). Smith got on the board for Tufts with her first goal of the game with 12:13 left in the half following another Games goal. Williams came right back with two goals from Wollmers and Fitzpatrick to get back within one goal (8-7).

Tufts senior Dakota Adamec scored with 10:14 left in the first half after earning a free-position shot. TenBarge and Smith each recorded two goals for the final four goals of the frame, with Tufts taking an 11-9 lead into the half. Smith's second goal of that timeframe came with 0:04 remaining in the half off a free-position shot.

The Jumbos then went on to outscore Williams 10-4 in the second half. Tufts got two goals from Smith, Grygiel, and Clarke in the second half. The Jumbos outshot the Ephs 25-12 in the second frame.

Tufts outshot Williams 51 (including 29 on goal) to 35 (with 22 on goal) overall. The Ephs won 18 draw controls and Tufts recorded 17 victories. The Jumbos scooped up 26 ground balls to Williams' 19.

Clarke also netted a hat-trick for the Jumbos in the contest. Delaney, Lawliss, and Grygiel each contributed two goals. Senior Heddy Veith scooped up a team-high five ground balls and forced four Eph turnovers. Evers and Laliberty combined to make nine saves. The Jumbos had 21 players participate in the contest.

TenBarge and Wollmers led the Ephs' offense with four goals and an assist each. TenBarge also won a game-high seven draw controls for Williams. Fitzpatrick netted two goals of her own. Halloran and Yonge each scored a goal and dished out an assist. Cisneros stopped 14 Jumbo shots.

Tufts returns to the field on Saturday afternoon when they host NESCAC opponent No. 9 Wesleyan at 1 pm. Williams travels to conference foe No. 11 Amherst on Saturday with a 1 pm start time.  


Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello