BEVERLY, Mass. – Freshman Gabby Horner
(Allentown, N.J.) scored four goals while Lara Kozin (Suffern,
N.Y.) and Casey Egan (Massapequa, N.Y.) each added three as No. 13
Tufts downed host Endicott, 17-6, in the first round of the NCAA
Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament.
The Jumbos (12-6) extended a 10-3 halftime lead by outscoring the
Gulls 7-3 in the second half. They advance to the second round and
will travel to SUNY Cortland on Saturday (May 14).
Five other players recorded goals for Tufts including Kerry Eaton
(Norfolk, Mass.) and Stephanie Perez (East Providence, R.I.), who
tallied two apiece.
Endicott was led by two goals and an assist from sophomore Holly
Davis (Guilford, Conn.). Junior attack Morgan DeShaw (Danville,
N.H.) added a pair of goals in the setback.
Kozin and Horner put the visitors on top 2-0 less than three
minutes in before Davis cut the deficit in half with an unassisted
goal at 26:44. Eaton's 34th goal of the season doubled the lead
with just under 20 minutes to play.
DeShaw countered with her first of the day to pull the hosts within
one, but Tufts responded with five unanswered over a ten minute
stretch to build an 8-2 lead.
Davis stopped the run with another goal at 4:09 before Horner and
Egan connected in the final 1:07 to give the Jumbos a 10-3
advantage at the break.
Tufts scored the first four goals coming out of halftime, each by a
different scorer, to extend the lead to 14-3.
Kelly Tierney (South Hadley, Mass.) and Caitlin Pratt (Bow, N.H.)
sandwiched a Sterling Champion (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) goal midway
through the second half to make it 15-5. Kozin's final goal of the
night came at 7:14 and put the Jumbos on top by 11.
DeShaw capped Endicott's scoring with an unassisted goal at the
5:59 mark before Eliza Halmo (Brunswick, Maine) finished off the
game with a goal at 3:21.
Senior goalie Sara Bloom (Summit, N.J.) made six saves and allowed
four goals en route to the win. Junior Leah Neff (South Berwick,
Maine) made 11 stops for the Gulls (15-6).
Perez added a team-high five draw controls and was one of four
Jumbos to collect a pair of ground balls.
Freshman Rachel Campos (Shrewsbury, Mass.) controlled a team-high
three draws in the loss.