WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Four consecutive goals by Tufts from four different players from 10:10 to 4:43 in the first half gave the visiting Jumbos a five-goal lead,7-2, and powered Tufts to an 18-11 win over Williams.
With the win Tufts improved to 5-3 on the year and 2-3 in NESCAC, while the Ephs are now 4-5 on the year and 1-4 in NESCAC.
The first 11 plus minutes of the contest was back and forth, and the contest featured numerous turnovers, failed clears, but no goals.
The Ephs had the best chance to open the scoring when at 18:33 Suzanna Penikis launched a free position shot that got past Tufts' goalie Audrey Evers, but the ball hit the far post and bounced 20 yards from the goal, where it was scooped up by the Jumbos' Maddie Schwartz and then cleared by the Jumbos.
Just over three minutes later the Jumbos opened the scoring in the game when Emily Games scored unassisted at from about eight yards out to Alvarenga's left at 15:17.
Off a draw control violation by the Ephs, Tufts' Emily Games notched her second goal of the game, putting the Jumbos up 2-1. At 13:09 the Jumbos went up two, 3-1, when Taylor Meek scored off a feed from Emily Games.
Emma Tenbarge got a goal back for the Ephs at 12:06 when she netted a free position goal. Tufts now led 3-2.
The Jumbos re-established a two-goal lead, 4-2, when Dakota Adamec scored from directly in from of the goal at 10:10. The Adamec goal ignited a four-goal streak by the Jumbos.
At 8:01 Taylor Meek circled from behind the goal to Alvarenga's left and deposited her shot over Alvarenga's right shoulder to give Tufts a 5-2 lead.
Tufts' Emily Games squeezed past two Eph defenders and came across the goal from right to left and scored unassisted to increase the Jumbos' lead to four, 6-2, at 6:28.
The Jumbos' lead went to five, 7-2, when Cecily Freiliech scored unassisted from 12 yards out at 4:43.
With 1:49 left in the first half the Ephs' Eliza Quigley cut in front of a goal and received a pass from Katie Gallop and beat Evers with a high shot to cut the Tufts' lead to four, 7-3. The Ephs could not get any closer to Tufts than four goals the rest of the contest.
Emily Games notched her fourth goal of the half (unassisted) with 31 seconds left and the Jumbos took an 8-3 lead and soon the lead grew to six when Dakota Adamec scored with just five seconds left in the half.
Tufts took a 9-3 lead into halftime.
In the first half Tufts out shot the Ephs 17-10, won eight of 13 draw controls, and doubled the Ephs in ground balls, 8-4.
Audrey Evers made one save in the first half, while the Ephs' Ana Alvarenga made three.
Tufts netted their first goal of the second half when Dakota Adamec scored unassisted at 26:38 and the Jumbos' lead was back to six, 10-4.
Just twenty-six seconds later off a Tufts draw control violation Suzanna Penikis tallied an unassisted goal to bring Williams within 5, 10-5.
At 24:49 Tufts' Taylor Meek pounced on a loose ball off a mishandled pass just outside of the goalie circle and quickly shot the ball into the goal before Draper could respond, giving Tufts an 11-5 lead.
Chodos scored her second goal of the half when she caught a pass from Kara Wollmers, who was behind the goal, and scored from in close at 22:31 brining the Ephs within five, 11-6.
Emily Games scored her fifth goal, unassisted, at 20:30 putting Tufts back up by six, 12-6, and forcing the Ephs to call timeout.
Suzanna Penikis scored an unassisted goal from the eight yards out to the right of Evers at 18:58 and Tufts now owned a five-goal lead, 12-7.
With 16:40 left Taylor Meek was left unattended on the right side of the Eph goal and Emily Games hit her with a pass from behind the goal to set up the score. Tufts now led 13-7.
Emma Tenbarge got free in close and caught a pass and then quickly changed direction to free her and score unassisted at 14:43 and the Jumbos' lead was now five at 13-8.
A little over two minutes later Tufts' Emily Games scored an unassisted goal (her sixth goal of the contest) and Tufts owned a six-goal lead at 14-8 with 12:43 left. Games was not done as she was back again with another unassisted tally at 11:52.
At 7:54 Taylor Meek came from behind the goal to Draper's right side and scored on a high shot into the far corner to make the score 16-9 in favor of the Jumbos'. The goal was Meek's fifth of the game.
Suzanna Penikis scored off a free position attempt at 7:15 to narrow the Tufts' lead to six at 16-10.
Eliza Quigley capitalized on a free position attempt for Williams with 6:55 remaining and Tufts called timeout.
At 5:43 Tufts recorded their 17th goal when Courtney Grygiel scored off a feed from Gabby Vinci.
Emily Games netted her eighth goal of the game, unassisted, with just 4:54 remaining and Tufts was now up 18-11.
The Games' goal was the final goal of the game as Tufts claimed an 18-11 win.
"Tufts is a really good team and I thought we did a really good job for the first 15 minutes when we were really focused," said Eph head coach Chris Mason. "We didn't get as many draw controls as we would like and many were just a scrum for the ball and they came up cradling them better than we did. We had a bit of a breakdown defensively and we'll just try and get better tomorrow."
On the day Tufts out shot the Ephs 36-22, Tufts won 18 of 31 draw controls and scooped up 22 ground balls to the Ephs' 15.
Tufts' Emily Games was the game high scorer with eight goals and her two assists gave her 10 points in the contest. Taylor Meek added five goals. Audrey Evers the Tufts' goalie allowed 11 goals and made three saves in collecting the win.
Both teams will return to action on Saturday. Tufts will travel to Hamilton to play the Continentals at 12:00 p.m., while the Ephs will host Little Three rival Wesleyan at 12:00 p.m. on Farley-Lamb Field.