MEDFORD, Mass. -- Gabby Horner matched a career-high with five goals while adding an assist and two caused turnovers as the 14th-ranked Tufts women's lacrosse team won its regular-season home finale 14-8 over No. 20 Bates in NESCAC play on Tuesday afternoon at Bello Field.
The Jumbos improved to 8-4 overall and 4-4 in the league; Bates, which had three goals and an assist from NESCAC scoring leader Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.), fell to 6-6 overall and 2-6 in the conference.
Bates had early leads of 2-0 and 4-3. Senior co-captain Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) and first-year Kathy Yannopoulos (Simsbury, Conn.) each had a goal and an assist for the Bobcats. Horner netted a pair for the Jumbos.
A four-goal run gave Tufts a 7-4 advantage with four minutes remaining until halftime. Kerry Eaton notched back-to-back goals during the stretch. O'Neill scored with 38 seconds remaining until intermission to make it 7-5 Jumbos.
After the teams traded goals early in the first half, an unanswered string of five goals by the Jumbos put them in command 13-6. Horner scored twice and Kate Applegate added two goals and an assist during the decisive run that culminated at the 11:14 mark.
The Jumbo defense held Bates to three goals in the second half, two of which came in the final eight minutes.
Eaton finished with three goals for Tufts, while Lara Kozin had a goal and two assists. Kelly Cakert added to her league-leading caused turnovers total with three more. Emily Pillemer collected five groundballs and Meg Boland grabbed four draws. Goalie Tess Shapanka made seven saves for the victory.
Senior co-captain Caroline Pierce (Weston, Mass.) caused two turnovers and scooped up six ground balls on the Bates side. Dannis came away with five draw controls, while junior Linnea Fulton (Bristol, R.I.) finished with two caused turnovers and three ground balls. Senior Leah Elsmore (Broadview Heights, Ohio) played 46 minutes in goal and made five saves, with junior Eloise O'Connor (Loudonville, N.Y.) finishing up with one save.
Bates plays a key NESCAC game at Connecticut College on Friday at 5pm.