MEDFORD, Mass.—No. 6 Tufts University scored eight times over the final 11 minutes of the first half to pull away from visiting Babson College for a 24-10 win in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon at Bello Field.
Babson, which had its five-game winning streak snapped, slips to 7-4 on the year, while Tufts improves to 11-0 overall.
Senior Lexi Lenaghan (Hanover, Mass.) finished with four goals and one assist, sophomore Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) scored three times, and junior Valerie Quinlan (Norwood, Mass.) contributed two goals, one assist and four draw controls for the Beavers. Classmate Taylor Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.) tied for game-high honors with three assists, while sophomores Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) and Isabelle Lent (Madison, Conn.) won controlled seven and six draws, respectively.
Sophomore Catherine Lawliss (Portland, Ore.) led all players with five goals, first-year Colette Smith (Moorestown, N.J.) had three goals and three assists, and junior Emily Games (Wayne, Pa.) and sophomore Claire Wright (Denver, Colo.) each scored three times to lead the Jumbos, who had 14 players record at least one tally. Junior Lily Baldwin (Cincinnati, Ohio) won five draws and Games led all players with three caused turnovers in the win.
Sophomore Sarah McCarthy (Hanover, Mass.) gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead 55 seconds into the contest, and Salvatore and Quinlan scored less than two minutes apart to pull even at 3-3 less than eight minutes into the contest. Tufts ripped off four goals in the span of 2:51 to build a 9-4 advantage at the 15:16 mark, but Salvatore and Quinlan responded with back-to-back tallies just 69 seconds apart to draw Babson back within 9-6 with just under 13 minutes to go before the half.
Smith scored her second goal of the day with 10:55 to go in the period to jumpstart an 11-1 run over the next 19 minutes. Lawliss and Wright joined Smith with a pair of markers during the run as Tufts stretched its lead to 17-7 at the break and 20-7 less than eight minutes into the second half. Lenaghan momentarily stopped the bleeding with her second goal of the contest at the 20:59 mark, but the hosts rattled off another four-goal run that included two tallies by Games to take their biggest lead of the afternoon with 10:51 to go.
Sophomore Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) stopped seven shots for the Beavers, while Jumbos' senior Audrey Evers (San Francisco, Calif.) finished with three saves in relief of first-year Molly Laliberty (Newburyport, Mass.), who gave up six goals over the first 17:08 of the contest.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to MIT at 5 p.m., while Tufts hosts Amherst next Saturday at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers have dropped their last eight games against Tufts going back to 2008.
• Babson's 10 goals on Sunday are the most its scored in a loss since falling 17-14 to MIT on April 11 of last year.
• Salvatore has now scored at least three goals in four consecutive games, and needed just 11 contests this spring to surpass last year's total of 45 points.