MEDFORD, Mass. – Amherst College received a pair of goals from Kate Wyeth '17 and Hannah Fox '20, but No. 20 Tufts University held a 7-2 lead at intermission and held on for an 11-7 victory in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC women's lacrosse game at Bello Field in Medford, Mass.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 5-7 overall, 2-6 in NESCAC action, while Tufts improves to 8-4 on the season, 3-4 in league play. The Mammoths return to the Pioneer Valley, Saturday April 22 when they host NESCAC and Little III rival Williams College at 12 p.m. at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
Tufts burst out of the gate with a goal by Emily Games just 23 seconds into the contest to give the Jumbos a 1-0 edge. The lead was short-lived as Fox capitalized on a feed from Annie Cohen '19 at the 27:30 mark to knot the game at 1-1. Tufts then registered six straight scores as Games kicked off the span with an unassisted marker at the 22:50 mark. Taylor Meek then found Dakota Adamec, before Lily Baldwin scored to make it 4-1. Meek then connected with Games who scored her third of the half, before back-to-back extra-man goals by Adamec (from Games) and Games on the free position, gave the Jumbos a 7-1 lead with 3:53 to play in the first half. Fox notched her second of the contest at the 2:25 mark on a free position attempt to set the halftime score at 7-2 in favor of Tufts.
The Mammoths scored early in the second half to pull to within four as Wyeth found the nylon on a feed from Kaitlyn Haase '19 at the 28:57 mark. Tufts then responded with three straight scores to make it 10-3 with 20:42 on the clock. Caroline Nowak (from Adamec) ignited the run, while Games and Adamec fired in back-to-back free position shots just 15 seconds apart to stake a seven-goal cushion.
Amherst rallied four consecutive goals as Wyeth (free position) totaled her second goal, while Kelly Karczewski '19, Katherine Malone '20 and Claire Cagnassola '17 each found the back of the net with assists from Cohen, Fox, and Mary Grace Cronin '18 respectively to make it 10-7 with 3:42 remaining in the contest. Another free position goal by Nowak with 1:38 left, and a wide shot by Fox helped set the final score at 11-7 in favor of Tufts.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Sabrina Solow '19 led Amherst with three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Fox won eight draw controls.
- Between the pipes, Kyra Gardner '18 (4-7) made four saves in 33:28 of action, while Katie Savage '19 made three stops in 26:32 in goal.
- Tufts was led by Baldwin and Audrey Evers who totaled four ground balls each, while Adamec won four draw controls.
- Casey Briody and Olivia Veillette notched three and two caused turnovers respectively, while Evers (8-4) made six saves in goal.