Women's lacrosse has late rally fall short against Jumbos

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Despite five goals and an assist from Colby College's Sasha Fritts, Emily Games scored twice and dished three assists for 10th-ranked Tufts University as the Jumbos held off a late rally for an 11-9 win in NESCAC women's lacrosse on Sunday at Bill Alfond Field.

Tufts improves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The 14th-ranked Mules fell to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the league.
 
By the numbers
* Fritts (pictured) had a game-high six points on five goals and one assist. Kendall Smith had two goals, while Taylor Moore had one goal and one assist. Grace Crowell had the other score for the Mules.
* Games was one of four Jumbo players with two goals. She also had three ground balls.
 
* Catherine Lawliss and Dakota Adamec both had two goals and one assist for Tufts. Maddie Norman was the other player with a pair of goals. Kirsten Grazewski, Annie Sullivan, and Hedy Veith also tallied.
 
* Crowell finished with three ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers for the Mules. Kelsey Otley and Maddie Hatch also had two cause turnovers. Melinda Edie added four ground balls and fellow defender Jackie Brokaw had three. 
 
* Despite not scoring, the Jumbos' Lily Baldwin had a big game with eight draw controls, two ground balls, and one caused turnover. Sullivan added three draws and two caused turnovers. Caroline Nowak and Johanna O'Neil both had three caused turnovers and two ground balls.
 
Game highlights
* The Jumbos got off to a fine start with Norman scoring the opening two goals of the game in the first 3:40. 
 
* With the score 3-1, Fritts and Smith had back-to-back goals to tie the game at 3-3. Veith had a man-down score for Tufts to make it 4-3, but Smith scored from Robyn Pirie with 16:20 left in the first half to tie it at 4-4.
 
* The Jumbos scored five unanswered goals in a span of 11:35 to go up 9-4 at halftime. Lawliss had both of her goals during the run.
 
* Playing on a bitter cold day, the teams went inside for halftime to warm up and had 30 minutes instead of the normal 10 minutes.
 
* The Mules had more energy after the long break and scored four of the first five goals to trail just 10-8 with 17:21 remaining. 
 
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