April 21, 2011

Tufts Has Fourth Straight 10-Plus Win Season

from press release

NORTON, Mass. -- The 13th ranked Tufts University women's lacrosse team opened the game with a 7-0 run at Wheaton College and eventually dealt the Lyons a 20-7 loss in a non-conference game on Thursday afternoon at Keefe Field.

The Jumbos moved to 10-3, their fourth straight season with 10 more more victories. The Lyons fell to 6-10.

Tufts first year Gabby Horner (Allentown, NJ) led all scorers with four goals, junior Casey Egan (Massapequa, NY) provided three markers and an assist, while sophomore Kerry Eaton (Norfolk, MA) added a hat trick. Senior Sara Bloom (Summit, NJ) turned aside four first-half shots for the victory in goal.

Junior Hailey Colburn (Concord, NH) scored a pair of free-position tallies for the hosts, while senior Tess Meyer (Concord, NH) added a goal and an assist.  Senior goalie Marianna Marcellino (Milton, MA) posted five stops in 38:57.

Horner and Egan both scored twice during Tufts' seven-goal run to open the game. After the visitors made the score 7-0 by the 16:24 mark of the opening half, Colburn put Wheaton on the board with her 55th tally of the season at 15:16.  The Jumbos answered with five of the half's next six goals for a 12-2 advantage with 6:31 to play before the break. Sophomore Kaitlyn Leidl (Califon, NJ) and first year Eliza Halmo (Brunswick, ME) scored two each during that stretch. The Lyons responded with the frame's final two tallies in closing the gap to eight (12-4) at halftime.
Finishing the first half with a free-position goal, the Blue and White began the second stanza with its third eight-meter marker of the game, as Colburn brought Wheaton to within 12-5 with 26:38 remaining.  That's as close as the hosts would get, as Tufts found the back of the net three times in just 1:54 to push its lead back out to double figures. Sophomore Kerry Eaton (Norfolk, MA) netted two of the early second-half goals for the visitors.

The victory, in which Tufts reached 20 goals for the first time since March 24 of last season, finishes the non-conference season for Tufts. They next host Middlebury in NESCAC action on Saturday at 2 pm. The Lyons host New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in their regular season finale on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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