Philbrick '18 scores 72nd career goal in women's lacrosse loss

Darby Philbrick '18 (Josh McKee photo)
Darby Philbrick '18 (Josh McKee photo)

Tufts University's Dakota Adamec posted eight goals and an assist and the Tufts University Jumbos recorded a 17-4 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Tufts' Bello Field on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday's game was the season opener for both teams. Hamilton is ranked 13th in this week's Division III Top 25 coaches poll and the Jumbos are 19th.

Hannah Burrall '19 tried her best to keep the Continentals close as she made 16 saves. Kara Pooley '19 scored her 46th career goal, scooped up three ground balls and won three draw controls. Maddie Fitzpatrick '18 picked up three ground balls and Tessa Ryan '21 caused three turnovers in her first collegiate game. Skyler Simson '20 chipped in two ground balls and two draw controls.

Audrey Evers stopped nine shots and collected seven ground balls for Tufts. Catherine Lawliss scored two goals and assisted on another, and Margaret Chase and Caroline Nowak notched two goals apiece. Johanna O'Neil registered three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Adamec won six draws and Maddie Norman added four draw controls as the Jumbos finished with a 14-9 advantage in the category.

Hamilton grabbed a 1-0 lead 2:26 into the first half as Julia Rowland '21 scored on a feed from Honor Gabriel '21 in the first collegiate contest for both players. After two goals by Adamec gave Tufts a 2-1 edge, Tatiana Bradley '19 tied the score on a pass from Charlotte Wynn '20 with 18:16 left in the half.

The Jumbos took control by scoring the next eight goals for a 10-2 lead at the break. Chase's goal with 17:11 remaining gave Tufts the lead for good at 3-2. Adamec tallied three times and Chase scored both her goals during the run. Nowak made it 10-2 on her goal with 38 seconds to go before the half. Four of the Jumbos' eight goals during the run were scored on free-position shots. Tufts scored seven times on 12 free-position shots for the game. The Jumbos enjoyed a 27-8 shot advantage during the opening 30 minutes.

Darby Philbrick '18 and Pooley opened the second half with free-position goals and pulled the Continentals within six at 10-4. At that point Evers took over as she turned away Hamilton's next six shots on goal and held the Continentals scoreless for the final 26 minutes.

The Continentals travel to Geneva, N.Y., for a non-conference game against William Smith College on Wednesday, March 7 at 4 p.m.