MEDFORD, Mass. – The 20th-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team had early 3-0 and 5-1 leads before holding on for a 10-9 win over Tufts University at Bello Field on Saturday.
Caroline Nowak's tally off a free-position shot pulled the Jumbos to within a goal with 2:24 left in the second half, but Colby won the ensuing draw control and was able to run out the clock.
Grace Crowell increased the Colby lead to 5-1 off a free-position shot, before Megan Toner answered for the Jumbos off an assist from Erin Jacob. Smith's third tally of the first half from an assist by Maddie Hatch (pictured) regained the Mules' four-goal advantage and Hatch deposited a free-position shot with 46 seconds left in the half to give Colby a 7-2 lead. Senior Kate Makin answered for the Jumbos with just 13 seconds left in the first half.
The Tufts defense held the Mules scoreless the rest of the way as the Jumbos' offense rallied. A pair of goals just 22 seconds apart by Taylor Meeks shrunk the deficit to 10-7, before a free-position goal by Adamec narrowed the gap to 10-8 with just over five minutes left in regulation.
Tufts had the advantage in shots by a 22-18 margin, and also won 12 of the 21 draw controls in the contest. Sam Burch started for the first time this season for the Mules and stopped seven shots, while Audrey Evers made five saves for the Jumbos.