April 14, 2011

Tufts Women Give Coach 300th Career Win

from press release

MEDFORD, Mass. - Junior Lara Kozin (Suffern, NY) set a Tufts University women's lacrosse record with seven assists as the Jumbos earned a 19-10 non-conference victory against Endicott College on Thursday afternoon at Bello Field. The win is the 300th in the coaching career of Tufts' Carol Rappli.

The Jumbos trailed 7-6 at halftime, but turned the game around by scoring the first eight goals of the second half. Tufts out-scored Endicott 13-3 in the second half overall. Kozin's two goals and seven assists led the hosts. The Jumbos, who scored 19 goals for the second straight game, improved to 8-3 overall.

The Gulls lost for the first time in eight games, dropping to 9-4 overall. Sophomore Holly Davis (Guilford, CT) and junior Morgan DeShaw (Danville, NH) both scored three goals to lead Endicott.

Tufts had a 4-0 lead nine minutes into the game, with Kozin and junior Kelly Hyland (Acton, MA) both recording a goal and an assist during the opening run. However, Endicott out-scored Tufts 7-2 during the final 19 minutes of the first half. Davis scored three times during the stretch, including a goal at 2:46 that tied the score at 6-6. Sophomore Kelly Tierney (South Hadley, MA) gave the Gulls their only lead of the afternoon at 7-6 on a free position goal with 32 seconds to play before halftime.

The Jumbos scored goals by five different players in the first 12 minutes of the second half to take an 11-7 advantage. Junior Casey Egan (Massapequa, NY) then scored three straight goals to finish an eight-goal Tufts run that put them up 14-7. Back-to-back Endicott goals by senior Brooke Neuman (Stamford, CT) and DeShaw closed the gap to 14-9, but Tufts put the game away with another five consecutive tallies.

With her seven assists, Kozin broke the previous Tufts record of six shared by Rebecca Black from 1994, Sarah Williams from 2008 and Chrissie Attura from 2009. Hyland finished with three goals and three assists against Endicott, while Egan scored five goals and junior Stephanie Perez (East Providence, RI) had three goals and two assists.

Rappoli's 300th victory comes in her 33rd season of coaching. She had stints at Wellesley (1979-80) and Colgate (1981-84) prior to coming to Tufts in 1985. She is just the sixth coach in NCAA Women's Lacrosse history to record 300 victories, regardless of division. Her career record stands at 300-141-4, an outstanding .679 winning percentage.

The Jumbos were paced by three ground balls from senior Lily Colahan (Rye, NY) and four draw controls by Perez and sophomore Kerry Eaton (Norfolk, MA). Sophomore Meg Boland (New Canaan, CT) caused three turnovers. Senior goalie Sara Bloom (Summit, NJ) made four saves for Tufts in the first half, while sophomore Tess Shapanka (Sudbury, MA) entered for the second half and earned the victory as Tufts came back.

Sophomore Lauren Todd (Newfield, NH) collected a game-high four ground balls for Endicott. In addtion to scoring three goals, Davis caused two turnovers and controlled two draws for the Gulls. Junior Leah Neff (South Berwick, ME) made seven saves in the Endicott cage.

Tufts had large advantages in shots (31-18) and draw controls (21-10) overall. The Gulls were an impressive six of nine on free-position shots for the day.

Tufts travels to Connecticut College for NESCAC action on Saturday at noon. Endicott is at Gordon in The Commonwealth Coast Conference play on Saturday at 1 pm.

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