Women’s Lacrosse Dominates Tufts, Skidmore
Issue   |   Wed, 04/18/2012 - 01:25
Photo courtesy of Megan Robertson ’15
The Jeffs improved to 9-3 (5-3 NESCAC) with decisive 12-4 and 20-5 victories.

The 11th-ranked women’s lacrosse team dominated Tufts on last Saturday’s Senior Day, besting the Jumbos 12-4.
The Jeffs were 5-for-6 in the first half, holding a 5-0 lead at the break. Krista Zsitvay ’14 started things off with a free-position goal at the 28:14 mark.

Marta Randall ’13 followed up with another free-position conversion just over a minute later. Zsitvay scored again at the 17:06 off an assist from junior Hillary Densen.

Down 3-0, the Jumbos called a timeout, but were unable to halt the Jeffs’ momentum, as Randall and Alex Philie ’14 both scored on free-position attempts before time ran out in the half.

Less than a minute into the second frame, Philie kept things going with an assist to Wyatt Davis ’13. Zsitvay scored an unassisted goal to put the Jeffs up 7-0. Tufts scored their first goal of the game at the 25:30 mark with an unassisted goal from the right side.

Randall put away another free-position attempt at the 18:44 mark, and sophomore Annelies O’Dea scored off of a Philie assist. Tufts scored a free-position shot, but Davis added another goal for the Jeffs five minutes later off a pass from Elizabeth Ludlow ’14.

The teams alternated scoring for the final four goals of the game, with three goals scored in the last minute. Priscilla Tyler ’15 picked up her first collegiate goal, assisted by Allie Horwitz ’12. Senior Meaghan Tigh scored the game-winner with 22 seconds to play.

Tigh, Meredith la Rose ’12 and Claire Bennett ’12 were strong on the defensive end of the field, combining for eight ground balls and seven caused turnovers. Randall and Zsitvay finished with three goals apiece.

Goaltender Lamia Harik ’12 shined, making 13 saves and holding the Jumbos at 1-for-6 on free-position attempts. Tufts held a 22-16 edge over Amherst in shot attempts, but Harik’s performance kept the offensive onslaught at bay.

On Tuesday, the Jeffs played a non-conference match at Skidmore and bested the Thoroughbreds 20-5. Randall scored a game-high six goals while Horwitz, Zsitvay and Philie each tallied a hat trick. Davis, Ludlow, Tyler and Sarah Spector ’15 each added a goal.

Horwitz and Ludlow set the pace with the first two goals of the game, and Skidmore responded with two goals of its own to tie the score.

The Jeff attack picked up speed with a goal from Philie at the 18:43 mark, the first in a 7-0 run. The Thoroughbreds managed to get a third tally on the board before the first half ended, but Amherst had the final word with a goal from Randall.

Rnadall opened the second half with an unassisted goal less than five minutes into the second frame. Skidmore responded to set the score at 11-4, but would not score again until the 4:28 mark. The Jeffs went on an eight-goal run starting at the 24:04 mark. Spector scored her first collegiate goal to end the game.

The Jeffs were clearly dominant on offense, holding a 38-6 shot advantage and a 16-9 edge in ground balls. Both Horwitz and Randall passed the 100-point mark as the Jeffs improved to 9-3 (5-3 NESCAC).

The Jeffs head to Williamstown on Saturday to face the Ephs.