May 9, 2009

Courtesy Tufts Athletics

LANCASTER, Penn. -- Three days after winning what at the time was the third-highest scoring game in NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament history, the Tufts Jumbos did it again with a 20-18 victory over St. John Fisher in the NCAA Regional Semifinal at Franklin & Marshall College on Saturday afternoon.

By winning the new third-highest scoring game in NCAA Tournament history, Tufts (16-2) advances to Sunday's Region Final where they will face host #2 ranked Franklin & Marshall. Opening draw is set for 1:00 pm. The Jumbos had defeated Drew University, 22-15, in the first round on Wednesday.

Tufts, ranked #8 nationally, was down 4-3 with 5:54 left in the first half, then went on a 9-1 scoring run that ended at the 25:47 mark in the second half with the score12-5. Senior co-captain Chrissie Attura (Yarmouth, ME) scored two goals and dished out an assist and sophomore Amanda Roberts (Wenham, MA) added two goals during the scoring run.

This is where the game got interesting. Each team exchanged a series of goals leading to 24 combined points scored in the half. With the score 20-15 in favor of Tufts, St. John Fisher scored three consecutive to come with in two with under 30 seconds left. The Jumbos won the ensuing draw control and were able to run the clock out.

Five Jumbos recorded multiple goals. Junior Jenna Abelli (Framingham, MA) and Roberts both scored four goals. Senior Courtney Thomas (Needham, MA) had three goals and an assist while Attura ended with three goals and two assists. Senior Maya Shoham (West Hartford, CT) finished with two goals and two assists. Sophomore Sara Bloom (Summit, NJ) stopped nine shots in goal.

Lauren Glavin led the way for the Cardinals, scoring five goals and dishing out an assist. Meg Merriam added three goals and two assists. Vicki Sahm made 16 saves for St. John Fisher (11-7), including 11 in the first half,.