Wesleyan Falls to Egan and No. 11 Tufts

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Sat., April 2) -- Tufts, ranked 11th nationally in Division III, had four players record a hat trick, led by the five-goal output of junior Casey Egan, who also had three assists for an eight-point day, as the visiting Jumbos racked up a 19-9 NESCAC victory over Wesleyan here today in women's lacrosse action. Tufts has now won four in a row over Wesleyan and six of the last seven meetings to improve its overall lead in the series to 29-5.

Tufts scored four goals in the opening 3:08 of the game for an early 4-1 lead with four different goal-scorers including Egan. Junior Kelly Hyland, who ended the game with three goals and an assist, had a goal and an assist during the early run.

Wesleyan narrowed the gap to 4-3, but the Jumbos never surrendered the lead, pulling out to an 8-3 lead behind four consecutive tallies, two of them by sophomore Kerry Eaton, who collected four goals and one assist for a five-point game. The Cardinals netted three of the next four to get as close as 9-6 before the half ended with Tufts ahead, 12-8.

Despite combining for 20 goals in the first half, the second half featured just one goal in the opening 17 minutes, that by Tufts' junior Lara Kozin, who then finished off her hat trick at 12:55 of the period to raise the Jumbos' lead to 14-8, the largest of the game to that point.

Kozin also had three assists to give her 24 points on the year, one behind team-leader Egan, who now has 25. Tufts put home the first five goals of the period to extend its margin to 17-8 with 8:47 remaining. Tufts added two of the final three goals as well for the 10-goal differential.

Wesleyan had three players record two goals in the contest sophomores Kayla Ellman and Lydia Kring and junior Claire O'Brien. Neither starting keeper had impressive numbers as junior Maggie Drowica, who went the distance for Wesleyan, picked up five saves along with five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Senior Sara Bloom, who occupied the net for Tufts during the first half, had one stop. Sophomore Tess Shapanka covered the net for the second half and turned aside two of the three shots on net during the final 30 minutes. Tufts held a 30-20 edge in total shots and won 20 of the 30 draws with junior Stephanie Perez grabbing eight of them while also causing four Cardinal turnovers.

Tufts plays again Tues, April 5, hosting Babson in a non-conference game, while Wesleyan travels to Trinity Wed., April 6, for a NESCAC battle.

2011-04-02



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