Women's Lax Falls At Tufts

April 26, 2008

The women's lacrosse team ended its regular season with a 15-7 loss at #16 Tufts on Saturday. The loss snaps a 76-game NESCAC winning streak for the Panthers, dating back to a 4/8/00 loss to Amherst. #7 Middlebury remains the top seed in the tournament and will host the NESCAC semifinals and finals on Mary 3rd and 4th.

The win over the Panthers is the first for the Tufts program since 1982. With it the Jumbos secured a home-field berth into tomorrow's first round of the NESCAC Tournament for the first time in team history. The Jumbos finished the regular season at 10-4 and 5-4 in NESCAC, while Middlebury fell to 10-3 and 8-1. The Panthers had already locked up first place in the league entering the game.

Jenna Abelli scored four goals to lead the Jumbos on Saturday. Courtney Thomas had three goals and two assists for Tufts, while goalie Sara Bloom made a career-high 15 saves.

Middlebury, held to its lowest goal total of the season, was led by two scores from Dana Heritage. Blair Bowie played the majority of the game in goal for the Panthers and made 12 stops.

Visiting Middlebury started the game strong with three goals by Katherine Entwistle, Heritage and Reid Berrien within a 39-second span. The tally was the 100th of her career for Entwisle. Tufts quickly responded by scoring eight consecutive goals in the first half. Abelli, Emily Johnson and Thomas each had two goals during the run, while Maya Shoham and Sarah Williams contributed one apiece to give the Jumbos an 8-3 lead. Middlebury got back on the board with 37 seconds remaining in the first half and it was 8-4 at halftime.

Tufts opened the second half with a goal from Thomas and Middlebury answered with a Caroline Kirkendoll strike for a 9-5 score. Williams of Tufts set up Chrissie Attura and minutes later Attura set up Williams to put the Jumbos ahead 12-6 with 15:26 remaining. Middlebury scored its last goal of the day by Heritage at 12:24 of the second half. Tufts' Abelli and Williams finished out the scoring for the 15-7 final.

Middlebury (10-3, 8-1 NESCAC) 4 3 = 7
Tufts (10-4, 5-4 NESCAC) 8 7 = 15

Goals: T, Jenna Abelli 4, Courtney Thomas 3, Sarah Williams 3, Emily Johnson 2, Chrissie Attura 1, Amanda Roberts 1, Maya Shoham 1; M, Dana Heritage 2, Reid Berrien 1, Katherine Entwistle 1, Caroline Kirkendoll 1, Lindsay McBride 1, Mimi Schatz 1.

Assists: T, Chrissie Attura 2, Courtney Thomas 2, Alyssa Corbett 1, Sarah Williams 1; M, Lindsay Winstead 1.

Goalies: T, Sara Bloom (60:00 - 7 GA) 15 saves; M, Blair Bowie (57:20 - 15 GA) 12 saves, Whitney Wildrick (2:40 - 0 GA) 0 saves.