No. 4 Tufts Edges Women's Lacrosse, 11-8

No. 4 Tufts Edges Women's Lacrosse, 11-8

Cohen, Sabol, and Peters combine for six goals

MEDFORD, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team fell to No. 4 Tufts University, 11-8, in non-conference action on Monday afternoon at Bello Field. 

Wheaton juniors Madison Cohen (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) and Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) and first-year Katie Peters (Medway, Mass./Medway) each contributed two goals apiece, while junior Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Falmouth) and senior Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) both potted single markers for the Blue and White. 

The Jumbos received a hat trick and an assist from sophomore Kate Mackin (Chargin Falls, Ohio/Chargin Falls), while junior Brigid Bowser (Westborough, Mass./Westborough), classmate Caroline Ross (Sewickley,Pa./Sewickley Academy), and first-year Calie Nowak (Glenview, Ill./Glenview South) each tallied a pair of goals for the hosts. First-year Jenn Duffy (Miller Place, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and sophomore Caroline Kingsley (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) both netted one goal to round out the scoring for Tufts.

Tufts went 15-for-19 on clearing opportunities and held a 22-16 margin in ground balls, while Wheaton went 12-for-21 in transition, controlled 12 of 19 draws and went 1-for-5 on free position attempts.  

Mackin and Cohen traded goals to open the scoring, but the Jumbos then tallied five markers in a row to take a 6-1 lead on Ross' goal with 11:23 remaining in the first half. Sabol broke the Jumbos' run with a goal 2:07 later. Cohen and Sabol provided the offense for Wheaton in the first half as each tallied a pair of goals over the opening 30 minutes of action, but the hosts had an 8-4 lead at the break. 

The Jumbos scored three of the first four markers early in the second half. Peters potted her first goal of the game 1:23 in between Tufts' run to cut the score to 9-5. The hosts were up 11-5 after Bowser scored a goal with 13:02 remaining in regulation. The trio of Sharick, Peters and Bush ran off three goals in a row for the Blue and White as the Lyons pulled within an 11-8 score with 7:20 remaining in the contest. Tufts' defense put the clamps on down the stretch for the eventual 11-8 win.

Wheaton senior goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) registered five saves, while in the other crease, senior Rachel Gallimore (Hanover, N.H./Middlesex School) tallied nine saves for Tufts. 

Defensively, Sabol won six draw controls for the Lyons, while  first-year Megan Hemmerlein (Contoocook, N.H./Hopkinton) and Cohen paced the Blue and White with four and three ground balls, respectively. The duo of Hemmerlein and Cohen also paired up for four caused turnovers.

Wheaton (2-2) travels to No. 8 Trinity tomorrow afternoon in non-league action at 6 p.m., while Tufts (3-0) hosts non-conference Keene State on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

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