#7 Tufts University 15, Connecticut College 11
Smith Tallies Four Ground Balls, Three Caused Turnovers for Camels
MEDFORD, Mass.--Emily Johnson (Yarmouth, Maine) scored four goals and Casey Egan (Massapequa, N.Y.) added three goals and three assists as seventh ranked Tufts University held off an improving Connecticut College Women´s Lacrosse Team for its eighth straight win, a 15-11 victory on Bello Field.
The Jumbos improve to 9-2 with the win and are 5-2 in league play. The Camels slip to 5-6 with a 1-6 record in the NESCAC.
Laura Kozin (Suffern, N.Y.) chipped in with three goals and two assists for the Jumbos. Jenna Abelli (Framingham, Mass.) added two goals with one assist.
Connecticut College sophomore midfielder Ashley Crutchfield (Concord, N.H.) scored three goals to lead the visitors offensively. Katelyn Driscoll (Peabody, Mass.) contributed two goals and one assist. Libby Nichols (Baltimore, Md.) and Brianna Miller (Sudbury, Mass.) scored two goals each for the Camels.
Sophomore Ashleigh Kowtoniuk (Johnstown, Pa.) collected 12 of her 16 saves in the opening half of action in another strong effort between the pipes.
Senior Cookie Smith (Framingham, Mass.) tallied four ground balls and three caused turnovers to lead the defense. Kristen Dirmaier (South Burlington, Vt.) had three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers for the visitors.
The Camels vaulted out to an early 2-0 lead after Nichols found the back of the net with 25:56 remaining. But Tufts ended the half on a 5-2 run to carry an 8-6 lead into the break. Early on in the second stanza, Miller buried a free position to pull the Camels to within a goal with 22:46 remaining at 9-8.
But the Jumbos scored the next four goals in a span of 6:14 to build a 13-8 advantage. Crutchfield scored the next two goals to trim the lead to 13-10 but the Camels could not get any closer and Tufts was able to hold on for the 15-11 win.
Tufts junior net-minder Sara Bloom (Summit, N.J.) made eight saves in the win for the hosts.
Notes: Connecticut College Head Coach Heather McClelland continues to put together one of the toughest schedules in the country. Six of the team´s first 11 opponents are nationally ranked in the IWLCA Top 20. Sara
Christopher leads the club with 28 points on 11 goals and 17 assists. Hope Barone (24 goals, 2 assists) and Abby Hill (20 goals, 6 assists) have tallied 26 points apiece. Kowtoniuk has made 116 saves in 11 starts, an average of 10.5 saves per outing.
The Camels will host the Springfield College Pride this Thursday afternoon for a 4:30 p.m. game in New London.
April 17, 2010