No. 10 Tufts Defeats Engineers, 17-4

Naomi Lutz
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THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 10 Tufts University 17, MIT 4

- Records: MIT (1-2); Tufts (3-0)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)

- The Lead: Nationally-ranked No. 10 Tufts University rattled off seven unanswered goals during the first 10 minutes of the game and never looked back as it went on to defeat MIT, 17-4, in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Monday night. Colette Smith paced the Jumbos with four goals while first-year Eva Then (Yarmouth, Maine) tallied two goals and four draw controls for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Dakota Adamec put Tufts on the board after 57 seconds elapsed as Catherine Lawliss quickly followed with an unassisted strike of her own. Annie Sullivan and Kathryn Delaney increased the Jumbos' advantage courtesy of successful free-position attempts while two Smith goals sandwiched an Adamec free-position goal, making the score 7-0 with 19:22 on the clock.

- MIT ended the shutout just over a minute later when first-year Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.) intercepted a pass and then classmate Shannon Wing (Westford, Mass.) found the back of the net. Tufts replied with a 7-0 run to end the half as Smith and Courtney Grygiel both contributed two goals.

- Emily Games, who recorded a goal and an assist during the Jumbos' second scoring burst, produced two goals early in the second stanza, increasing the margin to 16-1 at the 24:06 mark. The score remained unchanged until Claire Wright connected on a pass from Maria Dattolo with 7:51 left to play.

- The Engineers closed out the game with three goals during the final five minutes. Then kicked off the spurt with an unassisted marker as Lutz redirected a feed from senior Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.). Lutz later found Then for the last tally of the game with 1:37 remaining.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Lutz finished with one goal, one assist, two draw controls, and a caused turnover as senior Shannon Francis (Houston, Texas) collected two groundballs. Sophomore goalie Hannah Adams (McLean, Va.) was unable to come up with a save during the first 15 minutes of the game while first-year Kiely Smiga-McManus (Etna, N.H.) tallied seven saves in relief. 

- Games totaled three goals and an assist as Sullivan, Lawliss, Graygiel, and Adamec each notched two goals. Delaney chipped in three groundballs and two caused turnovers while Wright and Gabby Vinci bolstered the defense with three groundballs apiece. In net, Molly Laliberty made six saves in the first half as Audrey Evers turned away one shot in the second half.

- Tufts ended the night with advantages in shots (31-13), shots on goal (24-11), groundballs (19-11), and draw controls (15-9).

- The Engineers were 8-of-21 in clearing attempts and failed to convert their three free-position attempts.

- The Jumbos were 9-of-11 in clearing attempts and went 5-of-10 in free-position attempts.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will hit the road on Wednesday, March 13 for a 4:00 p.m. game at Endicott College. Tufts, meanwhile, resumes NESCAC play on Saturday, March 16 when it hosts No. 8 Colby College at 1:00 p.m.

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