Jumbos Women Rumble to Win over Wheaton
from press release
MEDFORD - The #17 Tufts women's lacrosse team scored the first eight goals of the game and rolled to a 13-4 non-conference victory over Wheaton College on Thursday afternoon at Bello Field. Senior co-captain Kerry Eaton (Norfolk, MA) and first-year Caroline Ross (Sewickley, PA) both scored four goals to lead Tufts.
The Jumbos poured it on early, leading 6-0 10 minutes into the game. Ross scored three consecutive goals during that stretch and Eaton had two. Eaton's third of the game at 14:48 of the first half was followed by a tally from sophomore Kali DiGate (Wilmington, DE) with 9:18 on the clock that put the Tufts advantage at 8-0.
Wheaton finished the half with goals by first-year Allie Bush (Kennebunk, ME) and junior Leila Mills (Brunswick, ME) to make it 8-2 at intermission. Junior Charlotte DeSantis (Darien, CT) set up both.
Tufts out-shot the Lyons 14-7 in the first 30 minutes and also had a large margin in groundballs (13-6). Wheaton won seven of the 11 first-half draws, but turned the ball over 14 times.
The Jumbos were able to get to running time by scoring the first five goals of the second half, all by different players. Eaton's fourth of the game at 16:02 gave the hosts at 10-goal margin (12-2) and junior Kate Applegate (Chadds Ford, PA) added another at 11:12 for a 13-2 Tufts lead.
Similar to the first half, Wheaton scored the final two goals of the second. First-year Brooke Sobol (Landgrove, CT) assisted on both, scored by sophomore Melanie Sharick (Amherst, MA) and senior Amy Moreira (Bistol, RI).
Applegate assisted three goals along with scoring one to accumulate four points for Tufts. Junior Gabby Horner (Allentown, NJ) had the same amount with four assists. Eaton had an assist for a five-point game. Senior co-captain Meg Boland (Madison, CT) caused two turnovers and scooped up six groundballs for the Jumbos, while sophomore Emily Wright (Richmond, VA) won three draws.
Two points each by DeSantis and Sabol led Wheaton. Junior Devon Soucier (Avon, CT) topped the Lyons with three groundballs, and Moreira recorded a game-high six draw controls.
Both teams played two goalies. Tufts starter Tess Shapanka (Sudbury, MA) made three saves in 33:31 of action, while sophomore Rachel Gallimore (Hanover, NH) entered early in the second half and finished with two saves. Wheaton twice changed the goalie, with sophomore Katie Ananian (Belmont, MA) starting and returning later, making five saves in 36:44 of playing time. Senior Stephanie Hoomis (Duxbury, MA) also made a save.
Shots finished at 22-14 for Tufts, while the Jumbos won groundballs 23-13. Wheaton controlled 12 of 19 draws. Free-position opportunities were few and far between with neither team scoring on a toal of five chances.
The Jumbos return to NESCAC action at Bello on Saturday at noon against Amherst. Wheaton plays at Mount Holyoke in NEWMAC action on Saturday at noon as well.