NCAA Second Round: Franklin & Marshall 12, Tufts 11

NCAA Second Round: Franklin & Marshall 12, Tufts 11

Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's lacrosse team's season ended with a 12-11 loss to Franklin & Maershall in the second round of the NCAA DIII Championship in Shadek Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Jumbos (13-5) were back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2015, but once again found themselves matched up against a Diplomat (17-4) team that they just weren't able to get by. Tufts fell to Franklin & Marshall in 2015 in the third round of the tournament, 17-8.

Tufts was led by three players with three points each. Annie Sullivan and Emily Games each had two goals and an assist, while Maddie Norman scored three goals. Courtney Grygiel and Dakota Adamec both recorded one goal and one assist and Kristen Grazewski and Catherine Lawliss both scored once. Caroline Nowak and Lily Baldwin each assisted on one score. Sullivan had a team-high six draw controls. In net, Audrey Evers made seven saves.

For Franklin & Marshall, Jane Cote led the team with six points from one goal and five assists. Her lone goal was the game-winner with just under two minutes remaining in the contest. Other Diplomats who recorded points include Clare Monaghan (one goal, two assists), Caroline Kolva (two goals), Megan Jackson (two goals), Paige Moriarty (two goals), Hannah Serling (one goal, one assist), Katie Groenke (one goal), Juliann Lisovicz (one goal), and Maddie Hughes (one goal). In goal for Franklin & Marshall, Danielle Harrington recorded 14 saves.

In the first half, the teams played to a 6-6 tie. The Jumbos trailed by three with 14 minutes left in the half, but would head into the break on a 3-0 run after goals by Norman, Grygiel, and Sullivan. The last two came within the final two minutes.

The Jumbos continued the strong play into the second half, scoring the first four goals to take the four-point lead, the biggest that either team held all game. But that's when the Diplomats would make some adjustments to take control. They scored three in a row to get back within one, 10-9, with ten minutes to go. The Jumbos would get one back when Baldwin hit Norman with a pass that she put in the back of the net with 7:26 remaining to go back up by two. But Franklin & Marshall would answer back with another three straight to take the 12-11 lead. 

The Diplomats were able to take control off the draw and run out most of the rest of the clock. Tufts got the ball back with about ten seconds left for one last desperate drive down the field, but there just wasn't enough time left.

The Jumbos held an advantage in almost every category besides the final score. They outshot the Diplomats, 29-26, had more draw controls, 16-9, and went a perfect 16-for-16 on clears compared to their opponent's 16-for-20.

The 13 wins this season for head coach Courtney Shute's squad was the most the program has seen since 2009. Adamec finished her junior campaign as the team's leading scorer with a career-high 67 points. Games followed up her great rookie season with another solid showing this year. She was second on the team with 58 points and first with 21 assists.

Franklin & Marshall will move on to the third round of the NCAA Championship and take on the winner of Colorado College and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.