NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team succumbed to a game-opening 7-0 run to nationally-ranked Tufts University before being dealt a 20-7 loss in a non-conference game on Thursday afternoon at Keefe Field.
The Lyons fell to 6-10, while the Jumbos, who are ranked 13th in the most recent Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll, moved to 10-3.
Junior Hailey Colburn (Concord, N.H./Concord) scored a pair of free-position tallies for the hosts, while senior Tess Meyer (Concord, N.H./Concord) added a goal and an assist. Senior goalie Marianna Marcellino (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) posted five stops in 38:57.
Tufts freshman Gabby Horner (Allentown, N.J./Peddie School) led all scorers with four goals, junior Casey Egan (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) provided three markers and an assist, while sophomore Kerry Eaton (Norfolk, Mass./King Philip Regional) added a hat trick. Senior Sara Bloom (Summit, N.J./Summit) turned aside four first-half shots for the victory.
After the visitors made the score 7-0 by the 16:24 mark of the opening half, Colburn put Wheaton on the board with her 55th tally of the season at 15:16. The Jumbos answered with five of the half's next six goals for a 12-2 advantage with 6:31 to play before the break. The Lyons responded with the frame's final two tallies in closing the gap to eight at halftime.
Finishing the first half with a free-position goal, the Blue and White began the second stanza with its third eight-meter marker of the game, as Colburn brought Wheaton to within 12-5 with 26:38 remaining. That's as close as the hosts would get, as Tufts found the back of the net three times in just 1:54 to push its lead back out to double figures.
The Lyons host New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in their regular season finale on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., as a win provides Wheaton with the third seed in next week's league tournament.