MEDFORD, Mass. - The Keene State women's lacrosse team suffered its first setback in four games, as nationally-ranked Tufts used a dominant first half to defeat the Owls, 16-3, on Wednesday evening at Bello Field.
- Keene State: 3-8, 1-0 LEC
- No. 20 Tufts: 7-4, 2-4 LEC
How It Happened
Emily Games and Caroline Nowak each tallied a hat-trick for the Jumbos, as Taylor Meeks added one goal with five helpers.
Tufts used a strong first half to gain a commanding double-digit lead, as the Jumbos scored 12 unanswered goals with time expiring in the first stanza, as Meeks tallied four assists and Games scored all three of her goals in the opening 30 minutes of play.
Tufts opened the scoring in the second half with a goal from Nowak off a feed from Gabby Vinci, before Weinstock netted one for the Owls, after connecting on a pass from Smith with 18:17 on the clock. The Jumbos took the tally back just over a minute later, as Tori Rudnicki fired off her first goal of the game. Weinstock responded with her second goal of the evening, again off a feed from Smith, with 12:07 to go, before Graf converted a free-position shot to give Keene State three. Tufts would tack on two more, with strikes from Alison Monky and Dana Gill, to earn the 16-3 win.
Inside the Crease
- Senior Alison Argiro and sophomore Anna O'Brien split even time between the pipes, as Argiro made eight saves and O'Brien registered four stops.
- Along with Weinstock's two points, the junior picked up a team-high two draw controls, as senior Gretchen Faulstich picked up three ground balls and freshman Tess Masci caused two turnovers with two ground balls.
- For the Jumbos, Games and Casey Briody each scooped up three ground balls, as Dakota Adamec earned three draw controls.
- Tufts held Keene State to just seven shots, the fewest amount the Owls have taken this season.
- Keene State will have a quick turnaround, as the Owls will travel to Rhode Island College for a Little East Conference (LEC) matchup against the Anchorwomen tomorrow, April 13th at 6:30 p.m.
- Tufts will host Amherst in NESCAC action on Saturday, April 15th at 1:00 p.m.