BABSON PARK, Mass.—Seventh-ranked Tufts University got five goals from senior Caroline Nowak (Glenview, Ill.) and limited Babson College to just one second-half tally to pull away for a 17-6 victory in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
Babson, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, falls to 6-5 on the year, while Tufts improves to 10-1 with its sixth consecutive triumph.
Junior Lexi Lenaghan (Hingham, Mass.) and first-year Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) both scored twice for the Beavers. Senior Christine Regan (Osterville, Mass.) and sophomore Brooke Majewski (Southbury, Conn.) both scooped up three ground balls, while first-years Sara O'Connor (Marshfield, Mass.) and Isabelle Lent (Madison, Conn.) combined to win seven draw controls.
Junior Dakota Adamec (Katonah, N.Y.) had three goals and first-year Catherine Lawliss (Portland, Ore.), who led all players with two assists, was one of four players to contribute a pair of tallies for the Jumbos. Juniors Hedy Veith (Alexandria, Va.) and Cecily Freliech (Wilton, Conn.) each caused three turnovers and sophomore Maddie Norman (Glastonbury, Conn.) led all player with five draw controls.
Goals by Lenaghan and first-year Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) gave the Green and White a 2-0 lead less than four minutes into the contest. Tufts responded with three straight tallies, two of them from Nowak, to take its first lead at the 19:04 mark, but markers by senior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.), Salvatore and Lenaghan helped the Beavers pull even at 5-5 with 14:01 to go in the opening half.
The Jumbos gained separation with three goals over the final 9:25 of the stanza to build an 8-5 advantage at the break. Sophomore Emily Games (Wayne, Pa.) scored twice in the first four minutes of the second half and Lawliss and Adamec followed with tallies just 41 seconds apart to extend the margin to 12-5 with 23:11 to go in the game.
Nowak scored twice around a marker by junior Annie Sullivan (Barrington, R.I.) for a 15-5 lead with under 10 minutes remaining before Salvatore stopped the run by converting a feed from junior Taylor Thorbahn (Duxbury, Mass.)
First-year Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) stopped nine shots for Babson, while junior Audrey Evans (San Francisco, Calif.) turned away seven shots for Tufts.
The Beavers committed 12 second-half turnovers, while the Jumbos notched four of their six free-position goals over the final 30 minutes.
Babson returns to action when it hosts MIT on Wednesday at 4 p.m., while Tufts travels to sixth-ranked Amherst next Saturday at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are 2-21 all-time against Tufts dating back to 1992.
• Sunday's loss was just the third in the last 14 games at MacDowell Field for the Green and White going back to the start of last year.
• Prior to the loss, the Green and White had won 10 straight games in the month of April at home.