MEDFORD, Mass. -- The 17th ranked Tufts women’s lacrosse team extended its winning streak to six games, the longest since 2006, with a 13-12 win over Bates College in a NESCAC game on Bello Field Saturday afternoon.
The Jumbos (9-3, 4-3 NESCAC) came back from a 9-6 second-half deficit, and then had to hold off a late rally by Bates (6-6, 2-5 NESCAC) to secure the victory.
The Bobcats scored the game’s first three goals, including one off a free-position shot by Morgan Maciewicz (Marblehead, Mass.) at 19:15 for a 3-0 lead. Tufts netted five of the next six goals, all by different players, to lead 5-4 on Emily Johnson’s (Yarmouth, Maine) strike with 1:50 to play until halftime. First-year Briana Gross (Andover, Mass.) tied the game at 5-5 for Bates with a goal 1:04 prior to intermission.
After the teams traded goals to open the second half, Bates scored three in a row to lead 9-6 after back-to-back tallies by sophomore Molly Dilworth (Yarmouth, Maine) at 17:51. The Jumbos responded with an even better run, scoring the next six goals for a 12-9 advantage at the six-minute mark. First-year Amanda Roberts (Wenham, Mass.) scored three of her game-high five goals for Tufts during the stretch.
Two Bates goals just 20 seconds apart by Gross and Dilworth pulled the visitors within 12-11 with 4:33 on the clock. Roberts scored the eventual game-winner for the Jumbos with 3:46 to play, as Gross added the final Bates tally at 1:29. Tufts first-year goalie Sara Bloom (Summit, N.J.) made a key save in the final minute to preserve the win.
Roberts added two assists for a seven-point game to lead Tufts. Senior Sarah Williams (Bethesda, Md.) and junior Chrissie Attura (Yarmouth, Maine) had two goals apiece for the Jumbos. Bloom finished with four saves.
Gross, senior Molly Wagner (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Dilworth all finished with three goals to lead Bates. First-year goalkeeper Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) played well and was credited with 10 saves.
Bates plays host to Bowdoin College in another NESCAC game Tuesday at 7 p.m.