Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information
MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University women's lacrosse team advanced to the NESCAC Semifinals for the first time since 2015 with a 12-5 victory over Trinity College in the quarterfinal round Saturday at Bello Field.
Second-seeded Tufts (15-1) got multiple goals from five different players, including a career-high three along with an assist by senior Courtney Grygiel. The Jumbos will travel to top-seed Middlebury College for next Saturday's semifinal. They will play No. 3 Wesleyan, a 14-12 winner against Colby in a quarterfinal contest.
Seventh-seed Trinity, led by two goals from sophomore Marcella Flibotte, dropped to 9-7.
The Jumbos ended a run of postseason losses to Trinity that dated back to 2011. The teams had met five times in recent NESCAC Tournament action with the Bantams winning all five including quarterfinal victories in each of the last two years.
Tufts shut down the Bantams, as the five goals allowed matches the fewest allowed by the Jumbos in a conference game this spring. The five goals are also the fewest goals scored by Trinity in a game since its 8-4 loss to Gettysburg in the 2017 NCAA Semifinals. A NESCAC team has not limited the Bantams to five goals since Middlebury in the 2016 NCAA Championship Game (a 9-5 Panthers win).
First-year goalie Molly Laliberty made 12 saves for Tufts while senior defender Hedy Veith posted two caused turnovers and collected four ground balls.
The visiting Bantams got off to a great start as Flibotte scored the first two goals and first-year Christine Taylor added another to give Trinity an early 4-1 lead.
However, Grygiel's first goal shifted momentum towards the Jumbos and ignited a nine-goal rally as the Jumbos took a 10-4 lead with 12:39 remaining in the second half. Senior Annie Sullivan scored all of her points in the game (2 goals, 2 assists) during the run and junior Maddie Norman added two goals.
The Bantams scored just once in the final 43 minutes of play, coming off the stick of sophomore Katrina Angelucci with 10:21 remaining in regulation, making the score 10-5 in favor of the Jumbos.
Tufts finished off the win with goals by senior Dakota Adamec and freshman Mae Briody, who both had two goals in the contest.
Trinity first-year defender Anna Costello caused three turnovers and picked up three ground balls. Junior Sarah Montalbano earned three draw controls as the visitors had a slight 10-9 edge in that category. First-year goalies Gabriella Young (1 save) and Addie Newsome (3 saves) split time in the Bantam net.