No. 11 Tufts Knocks off No. 10 Williams

MEDFORD - 11th ranked Tufts University led 6-0 at halftime and went on to post a 14-9 victory against 10th ranked Williams College in a NESCAC game at chilly Bello Field on Saturday afternoon.

Junior Lara Kozin (Suffern, NY) scored four goals to lead the Jumbos, who improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the league. Junior Casey Egan (Massapequa, NY) finished with a game-high six points for Tufts, collecting two goals and four assists.

The loss was Williams' first in four games as they dropped to 3-2 and 1-2 in NESCAC. Junior Kaitlin Ellis (Darien, CT) and sophomore Emily Whicker (Potomac, MD) both scored four times for the Ephs, while Whicker also had an assist.

Tufts controlled possession in the first half, winning all seven draws in the period. The Jumbos had goals by five different players in the first 30 minutes, including two by Kozin. Egan assisted on three goals and scored another in the first half. Shots were 18-5 Tufts at the break.

Williams came to life in the second half and made a game out of it. Tufts scored two of the first three goals to lead 8-1 after Kelly Hyland's (Acton, MA) unassisted goal at 24:14. However, the Ephs scored four of the next five to make it a 9-5 game on the second consecutive goal by Ellis at the 14:28 mark.

Kozin and Egan scored while Tufts was up a player due to a Wiliams yellow card, for which there were five in the game compared to none for Tufts. However, the Ephs again had a four-out of five goals stretch that had the visitors within 12-9 at 5:07 after Whicker's second straight goal. That's as close as it would get, as Tufts finished off the win with goals by first year Gabby Horner (Allentown, NJ) and junior Steph Perez (East Providence, RI).

The Jumbos finished with a 32-23 advantage in shots, led by Kozin's six. They controlled 15 of the game's 25 draws, with Perez recording seven. In addition to her strong offensive game, Egan also finished with three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Senior goalie Sara Bloom (Summit, NJ) earned the win with three saves.

Williams struck for six free-position goals in the second half, including three by Whicker and two by Ellis. Ellis also tied for the team lead in draw controls with sophomore Sam Weinstein (Marblehead, MA) at three each. Senior goalie Julia Schreiber (Cockeysville, MD) made eight saves and caused two turnovers for the Ephs.

Tufts returns to action on Wednesday afternoon with another NESCAC game at Bates beginning at 5:00 pm. The Ephs play at home on Monday against RPI at 5:00 pm.


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