MEDFORD, Mass. – The ninth-ranked Wesleyan women's lacrosse team lost a difficult NESCAC matchup on the road Saturday afternoon to No. 6 Tufts, 17-10.
The Cardinals led 7-5 at halftime and tied the game at 10-10 with 12:40 to play, but the Jumbos went on a 7-0 run to close it out as they remain perfect at 10-0 overall and 6-0 in league play. Dakota Adamec led all players with eight goals. Wesleyan, who was led by Abby Manning's four goals, dropped to 9-2 and 4-2.
- Tufts scored the first two goals of the game but Wesleyan responded with a 5-0 run in less than three minutes. Manning scored three times during the run and the Cardinals scored three times on free position shots. Her score at the 14:19 mark put the visitors ahead 5-2.
- The Jumbos went on a 3-1 run to cut the deficit to one with 1:34 on the clock, but 21 seconds later, Caitlin Wood scored to put Wesleyan ahead 7-5 at the break.
- Tufts came out strong and scored two goals within the first two minutes of the half to tie the game.
- After a score by Abigail Horst at the 27:36 mark put the Cardinals back on top, Adamec scored back-to-back goals to regain a Tufts lead.
- The teams went back-and-forth often and with 12:40 to play, Julia Gretsky connected with Johanna Copeland who tied the game at 10-10.
- However, it proved to be the final Cardinals' goal as Tufts scored seven unanswered to put the game out of reach.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Horst and Wood each scored twice for the Cardinals, while Gretsky finished with one goal and one assist. Manning won seven draw controls, and Horst and Caroline Sgaglione each recorded six. Jordan Ansell led the defense with three caused turnovers and Amy Breitfeller tallied three ground balls. Goalie Allegra Grant made 10 saves in net.
- In addition to Adamec's eight goals, Emily Games and Annie Sullivan each scored three times. Games also dished out two assists, while Catherine Lawliss led all players with four. Lily Baldwin led the team with five draw controls and four caused turnovers. Goalie Molly Laliberty recorded her second win of the season with eight stops in 44:48 minutes between the posts.
- Wesleyan held a commanding 20-9 edge in draw controls.
- The Cardinals have a quick turnaround and will play in-state NESCAC rival Trinity on the road Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m.