NEW LONDON, Conn.—The 19th ranked Tufts University women's lacrosse team held off an improving Connecticut College squad to come away with an 11-9 victory on the Silfen Turf Field Saturday
The Jumbos improved their record to 5-3 with a 2-2 mark in NESCAC play, while the Camels slipped to 4-5 with a 0-4 mark in conference action.
Senior Gabby Horner (Allentown, N.J.) exploded with five goals to lead the visitors and continues to lead her club with 23 goals scored.
Sophomore Brigid Bowser (Westborough, Mass.) chipped in with a goal, three assists and six draw controls in the win. Caroline Ross (Sewickley, Pa.) scored twice for the Jumbos.
Junior net-minder Rachel Gallimore (Hanover, N.H.) made four of her five saves in the second stanza en route to the victory.
Connecticut College freshman Hannah Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) had a hat-trick with three goals, three draws and two ground balls to lead the hosts.
Taylor Thomas (Needham, Mass.) had a goal and an assist in the loss.
Sophomore Allisa Dalpe (East Falmouth, Mass.) made eight saves in the contest.
Horner connected on her first four shots on the cage. The fourth score, occurring with 2:09 remaining in the opening half vaulted the visitors out to an 8-4 advantage. But the Camels responded at the end of the half with two free position goals coming just 40 seconds apart
Donegan scored with 1:48 remaining, before Charlotte McAuler (Summit, N.J.) stuffed one in from the right side of the circle with 1:08 to go.
The Camels stuck around for most of the second stanza, and pulled back to within a pair when Donegan completed her hat-trick with 28:06 remaining.
Tufts held a 24-to-16 advantage in shots while the Camels carried a slim 9-to-8 edge in ground balls.
All four of Connecticut College's conference losses are against teams that are currently ranked in the IWLCA top 20.