April 23, 2014

Second Half Rally Pushes Jumbos Over Women's Lacrosse To Cap Regular Season

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Eliza Halmo scored the game-winning goal with 6.4 seconds remaining to cap a furious comeback and give the Tufts University women's lacrosse team a 10-9 win over Bowdoin on Wednesday evening at Ryan Field.

The Jumbos finish the regular season with a 10-5 record (6-4 NESCAC) and will be the fifth seed in the upcoming conference tournament and will travel to fourth-seeded Williams on Saturday in the opening round. The Polar Bears close out their regular season with a 8-6 mark (4-6 NESCAC). Bowdoin will be the seventh seed and will travel to play second-seeded Amherst in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Game times will be confirmed on Thursday.

Caroline Ross sparked the Tufts comeback with three second-half goals and finished with four goals and an assist in the win. Gabby Horner and Halmo scored two goals apiece for the Jumbos. Lindsay Picard and Betsy Sachs scored two goals and an assist each for Bowdoin. Taylor Wilson added two goals as well for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin scored the first three goals of the game, held a 4-3 edge at intermission and extended their lead to 8-4 with 18 minutes to play. The Jumbos stunned the Polar Bears by rolling off five straight goals in a span of 7:30 to take a 9-8 lead with 8:40 to play on a free-position goal from Ross.

Lindsay Picard tied the game for Bowdoin with under two minutes to play, driving to the goal to deadlock the contest with 1:51 remaining. Tufts won the ensuing draw control and controlled the ball for the next 90 seconds. With the clock ticking down, Halmo carried the ball on the left side and sliced through the defense, taking a low shot while falling to the ground for the game-winning tally.

Rachel Gallimore made four saves in goal for Tufts. Emily Wright won five draw controls, collected four ground balls and caused three turnovers for the Jumbos. Sachs won six draws and caused two turnovers for Bowdoin. Isabel Sippel made seven saves in net for the Polar Bears.