No. 7 Tufts Tops Connecticut College to Win 8th Straight

MEDFORD -- Emily Johnson (Yarmouth, ME), one of four Jumbos playing on Seniors' Day at Bello Field, scored four goals to lead the seventh-ranked Tufts University women's lacrosse team to a 15-11 victory over Connecticut College in a NESCAC game on Saturday afternoon.

The victory is the eighth in a row for the Jumbos, who improve to 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the league. Jenna Abelli (Framingham, MA), who scored twice, Alyssa Kopp (Hollis, NH), who led Tufts with four draw controls and three caused turnovers, and Michelle Crothers (Durham, NH) were the other seniors saluted today.

Upstart Connecticut College, which dropped to 5-6 overall and 1-6 in NESCAC, was within a goal early in the second half until the Jumbos pulled away with a four-goal run. The Camels were led by three goals off the bench from sophomore Ashley Crutchfield (Concord, NH).

Connecticut College had early leads of 2-0 and 4-3, with first year Libby Nichols (Baltimore, MD) scoring twice in the first 18 minutes. A three-goal run by the Jumbos during a 1:23 stretch, including two scores by Johnson and two assists from sophomore Casey Egan (Massapequa, NY), gave the hosts the lead for good at 6-4 with nine minutes to go until halftime. The Jumbos led 8-6 at the break after Abelli scored on a free-position shot with 16 seconds on the clock.

Into the second half, the Camels were within 9-8 after a free-position goal by first year Brianna Miller (Sudbury, MA) at 22:46. Tufts scored the next four goals, all by different players, to go up 13-8 with 16:32 remaining in regulation. Sophomore Lara Kozin (Suffern, NY) had a goal and an assist during the run. Back-to-back goals by Crutchfield pulled the Camels within 13-10 at 7:40, but Egan netted the next two for Tufts and the Jumbos closed out the victory.

Egan finished with three goals and three assists for a game-high six points. Kozin added three goals and two assists in a strong performance of sophomores. Egan and Johnson both had three ground balls to help the Jumbos win that battle 20-16 overall. Kopp's work led Tufts to an 18-10 advantage in draw controls. Junior Sara Bloom (Summit, NJ) finished with eight saves in goal.

Connecticut College sophomore goalie Ashleigh Kowtoniuk (Johnstown, PA) was outstanding in the first half with 12 of her 16 total saves to help keep it close. Sophomore Katelyn Driscoll (Peabody, MA) finished with two goals and an assist. Senior tri-captain Cookie Smith (Framingham, MA) played well defensively, recording four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Miller controlled four draws for CC.

Tufts plays its final non-league game of the year next Thursday when they host Wheaton College at 4:30 pm. The Camels host Springfield College that day.


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