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Cardinals Edged by No. 18 Tufts in NESCAC Thriller, 13-10

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – A free position score by Emily Gretsky '16 cut the deficit to one with 2:27 to play, but No. 18 Tufts University put the game away with back-to-back goals in the closing seconds as the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team came up short of the upset on Senior Day, 13-10.

Wesleyan: 4-9, 1-8 NESCAC
Tufts: 8-6, 4-5 NESCAC


  • Saturday's game featured a very even contest that went back-and-forth for all 60 minutes of play, but Dakota Adamec helped cease the Cardinals' late rally as she scored two goals at the 0:53 and 0:40 marks to seal the 13-10 victory.
  • Juniors Rachel Aronow and Liana Mathias led Wesleyan with three goals each, while Aronow added an assist, two ground balls and four draw controls. Julia Black '18 scored two goals and dished out an assist, and Gretsky and Becca Phillips '17 each scored a goal. Leah Giacalone '19 led the team with four ground balls, and Nina Labovich '16 made seven saves in net.
  • Adamec led all scorers with five goals, and added an assist, while Caroline Ross and Annie Sullivan each registered two goals. Ross also tied a game-high two assists alongside teammate Taylor Meek.
  • The Cardinals went 5-for-8 on free position shots, but Tufts held a 24-15 advantage in total shots.


  • Mathias put Wesleyan on the board first with a free position score at the 28:23 mark.
  • Tufts responded with back-to-back goals from Adamec and Ross, respectively, before Black connected with Mathias to even the game at 2-2 with 15:39 to play in the half.
  • The Jumbos regained the lead shortly after on a goal from Cecily Freliech, and off the ensuing draw control, Adamec found Annie Sullivan just 24 seconds later to put the visitor's ahead by two.
  • Wesleyan responded with back-to-back goals of its own, and with 11:15 to play before the break, Aronow made a nifty spin move to get past her defender and dished it off to Black who was in front of the net, tying the game at 4-4.
  • Tufts went on a 3-0 run in less than three minutes on goals from Jenn Duffy, Sullivan and Ross, respectively, before Becca Phillips '17 scored an unassisted marker at the 4:00 minute mark to cut the deficit to two.
  • Neither team would score the rest of the half as Tufts claimed a 7-5 lead at the break.


  • The opening four minutes of the second half featured four total goals as both teams exchanged scores. At the 26:12 mark, Aronow took advantage of a player-up opportunity and scored on a free position shot to get within two once again, 9-7.
  • Kate Mackin of Tufts put the Jumbos back up by three at the 17:08 mark before back-to-back scores by Aronow and Mathias, respectively, cut the margin to one (10-9) with 13:02 to play.
  • With under five minutes remaining in regulation, Adamec and Meek connected for Tufts' 11th goal of the game.
  • Less than two minutes later, Gretsky scored on a free position shot to get Wesleyan within one, 11-10, but Tufts controlled the tempo the rest of the way and added two more insurance goals in the closing seconds to edge Wesleyan in a thrilling NESCAC matchup.


  • Prior to the start of today's game, head coach Kim Williams and the Cardinals recognized their four-member Class of 2016; Emily Gretsky, Martha Harding, Nina Labovich and Abby Reed.


  • Wesleyan returns to the field Wednesday, April 27 for its 2016 regular season finale at NESCAC rival Conn. College. The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tufts will conclude its regular season Wednesday as well and will play at Bowdoin beginning at 7:30 p.m.