- Score: Tufts University 12, MIT 5
- Records: MIT (1-1); Tufts (1-0)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)
- The Lead: Tufts University outscored MIT, 6-2, in the second half to help it pull away for a 12-5 win in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Sunday. Dakota Adamec tallied a game-high five goals to go along with four groundballs, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers for the Jumbos. Juniors Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) and Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) both scored twice for the Engineers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Maddie Norman found the back of the net for Tufts almost two minutes into the game. Following a 10-minute defensive battle, Adamec scored two quick goals to give the visitors a 3-0 lead. Notarangelo put MIT on the board midway through the half but the Jumbos increased their margin to 5-1 following strikes by Caroline Nowak and Adamec. Markers by sophomore Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) and Notarangelo kept the Engineers within striking distance; however, Courtney Grygiel's unassisted goal gave Tufts a 6-3 advantage heading into halftime.
- Unlike first half, the first 10 minutes of second stanza saw a flurry of offensive activity. Norman started the Jumbos' three-goal spurt with a man-up strike after 21 seconds expired. After earning an assist on Norman's goal, Taylor Meek got into the scoring column while Adamec's fourth marker extended the lead to 9-3. Young ended MIT's scoring drought at the 24:10 mark but it would not be enough as Tufts outscored the hosts, 3-1, down the stretch.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Junior goalie Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) totaled 13 saves, six groundballs, and three caused turnovers as freshman Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) paced the Engineers with two draw controls.
- Norman and Emily Games both posted two goals while Lily Baldwin collected four draw controls. Hedy Veith notched two caused turnovers as Audrey Evans produced two saves and three groundballs for the Jumbos.
- Tufts won the draw control battle (12-7) and had the upper hand in shots (31-11) and groundballs (27-18).
- MIT returns to action on Wednesday, March 8 when it visits Roger Williams University. Tufts continues its road trip on Saturday, March 11 when it takes on nationally-ranked No. 1 Middlebury College in its NESCAC opener.