No. 5 Tufts pounces early, eases past No. 22 women's lacrosse

Eliza Statile made one of her six saves in the game as the Bates women's lacrosse team fell 19-5 to Tufts on April 16, 2019. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Emily Games scored three straight goals in answer to Summer Dias's game-opening score, as No. 5 Tufts embarked on an early 6-0 run en route to a 19-5 NESCAC victory at No. 22 Bates on Tuesday evening.

Games scored five times and assisted on another goal, all in the first half, to lead the Jumbos (13-0, 8-0 NESCAC), who easily preserved their perfect record. Tufts built a 10-goal advantage less than 20 minutes into the game, led 13-4 at the half and scored six unanswered goals over the final 15 minutes to put away the Bobcats (8-5, 4-4 NESCAC).

First-year Jordyn Tveter (Topsfield, Mass.) narrowed the deficit with 19:52 to go in the half, using nice stickwork as she drove in on a free-position attempt to fake out Tufts goalkeeper Audrey Evers. But Games answered with her own 8-meter shot a minute later.

Tufts made it 8-2 with 14:27 left as Courtney Grygiel passed from behind net to a wide-open Claire Wright for the finish. Wright tallied an unassisted goal as 12:51 then followed Anna Clarke's unassisted goal with a third score on Games' assist. Games then tallied her fifth goal with 10:06 left in the half, activating a running game clock on the Jumbos' 10-goal (12-2) lead.

Bates outscored Tufts 2-1 over the final 10 minutes of the half to twice put a halt to the running clock. Sophomore Margaret Smith (Wilton, Conn.) fed senior Katie Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) for Allard's 26th goal of the season and Smith's 14th assist with 8:19 to go. Tufts' Annie Sullivan countered with a free-position goal at the 6:00 mark, but Bates sophomore Lila Hutchins (Westfield, N.J.) narrowed the gap with four minutes left, using quick footwork on her drive to the goal.

Mae Briody and Maria Dattolo both scored twice in the second half to keep the Jumbos comfortably in the lead. Gabby Vinci contributed with a goal and an assist.

Evers made six saves in the first half and allowed four goals to earn the victory in goal for Tufts, raising her record to 9-0. Molly Laliberty made two saves in goal in the second half.

For Bates, sophomore Rachael Deptula (Durham, N.H.) took her first loss of the season in goal, allowing six goals in the first 10:01. Senior Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) played the final 50 minutes and made six saves.

Dias led the Bobcats with two goals. Sophomore Jillian Futter (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) collected a team-high three ground balls and caused a turnover.

Bates plays its final two regular-season games on the road, starting Saturday at noon at Amherst. Tufts will play at Middlebury Saturday at 2pm.