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No. 3 Seed Women's Lacrosse Edged in NESCAC Semifinals by No. 2 Seed Tufts, 11-8

Photo Courtesy of Jonas Powell '18
Photo Courtesy of Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Abby Manning scored four points (3 g, 1 a) to set a single-season program record with 65, but the seventh-ranked and third-seeded Wesleyan women's lacrosse team lost to No. 5 and second-seeded Tufts in the NESCAC Semifinals on Saturday, 11-8.

With the loss, the Cardinals fell to 14-3 overall and will await their NCAA Tournament fate when the selection show airs Sunday, May 5 at 9:30 p.m. on NCAA.com. The Jumbos, who were led by Emily Games' four goals, improved to 16-1 on the year and advance to their first-ever NESCAC Championship game tomorrow against the host and top-seeded Middlebury at 1 p.m.

Manning now owns the single-season program records for goals (58) and points (65). The record for points surpasses the mark of 61 set by Becca Vogel '05 in 2005.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Tufts opened the game on a 4-0 run within the first eight minutes of play, and never looked back, holding a lead throughout. All four goals came on free position shots while Games scored twice.
  • Caitlin Wood ended the run at the 18:17 mark and two minutes later, rifled in a free position shot just inside the right post to cut the deficit to two.
  • The Jumbos increased their lead to three with 10:57 to play but Wesleyan closed out the half on a 2-0 run with a goal from Manning and Izzy Powell. Powell's free position goal with 37 seconds remaining got Wesleyan within one at the half as it trailed, 5-4.
  • The Jumbos scored two consecutive goals within the first four minutes of the second half to go ahead by three.
  • After a free position goal by Abigail Horst at the 25:09 mark, Tufts responded with back-to-back goals on free position attempts to lead 9-5 with 13:32 remaining in regulation.
  • Manning received a pass from Kat Cucullo and found the back of the net just over three minutes later but the Jumbos went on another 2-0 run as Games put them ahead 11-6 with 6:31 left to play.
  • Cucollo scored off an assist from Manning at the 3:42 mark, and then found Manning for a goal with 2:17 on the clock, but the comeback attempt came up short as the Cardinals lost by three.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Five players factored into the scoring for Wesleyan, while Horst led the defense with two caused turnovers and Manning won five draw controls. Jordan Ansell and Allegra Grant recorded three ground balls each, and Grant made 12 saves in net.
  • Courtney Grygiel and Maddie Norman each scored twice for Tufts, and six players factored into the scoring while Kristen Grazewski registered the only assist. Lily Baldwin led the team with five draw controls and Grazewski had a team-high two caused turnovers.
  • Tufts went 7-15 on free position shots and held a slight 29-27 edge in shots.