No. 6 Tufts Eases by Wheaton for 10th Victory

MEDFORD -- For the third straight season, and for the fourth time in five years, the Tufts University women's lacrosse team reached 10 victories in a season with their 16-6 win against Wheaton College on Thursday afternoon at Bello Field. The Jumbos, ranked sixth nationally, improved to 10-2 with their ninth consecutive victory.

Three goals each by senior Emily Johnson (Yarmouth, ME), sophomore Casey Egan (Massapequa, NY), and sophomore Lara Kozin (Suffern, NY) led Tufts. Wheaton (5-9), which lost its second in a row, got three goals from sophomore Hailey Colburn (Concord, NH).

After just 28 seconds of play in the first half, the game was delayed for almost an hour by lightning. When it resumed, Tufts provided some offensive thunder by scoring on six of their first seven shots to take an early 6-1 lead. Six different Jumbos scored the goals, with first year Kerry Eaton's (Norfolk, MA) putting Tufts up 6-1 at 19:24 of the first half.

Wheaton sophomore Katie Powers (Ashburnham, MA) scored at 11:35, but the Jumbos scored the final three goals of the first half to lead 9-2 at intermission. Egan, Kozin, and Johnson all scored twice in the first 30 minutes for the hosts. Wheaton first year goalie Stephanie Hoomis (Duxbury, MA), who entered after Tufts' fourth goal eight minutes into the game, played well and made seven saves in the first half.

The game appeared headed towards running time, but the Lyons came out strong in the second half. They scored three of the first four goals, including two by Colburn that pulled the visitors within 10-5 on a free-position shot at 22:08. However, Tufts dominated the final 20 minutes of the second half, scoring six times and allowing just one more Wheaton goal. The stretch included the first career goal by first year Sabrina Gordon (Lexington, MA).

Tufts finished with a 34-11 advantage in shots, and the Jumbos caused 15 of Wheaton's 28 turnovers. Senior co-captain Alyssa Kopp (Hollis, NH) and sophomore Emily Pillemer (Arlington, MA) both caused three turnovers. Sophomore Steph Perez (East Providence, RI) continued to do a little bit of everything with two goals, three ground balls, and five draw controls. Senior Jenna Abelli (Framingham, MA) also scored twice. Tufts goalies did not make a save in the game.

Junior Tess Meyer (Concord, NH) had a goal and an assist for the Wheaton offense. Colburn added three draw controls, two caused turnovers, and two ground balls to her strong game. Hoomis finished with 12 saves and five ground balls. The Lyons' 15 ground balls were three shy of Tufts' total.

Tufts returns to NESCAC action at Middlebury on Saturday for a 2:00 pm start. Wheaton hosts a NEWMAC game against Babson in its regular-season finale on Saturday at 1:00 pm.


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