The women’s lacrosse team’s eight seniors were honored yesterday before their final regular season game on Bello Field, but once the game began, it was a sophomore who stole the show.
Gabby Horner scored five goals to match a career high and added an assist to lead No. 14 Tufts to a 14−8 victory against No. 20 Bates. It was a crucial conference win for Tufts, which moved back to the .500 mark in the NESCAC at 4−4 and improved to 8−4 overall.
The Jumbos fell behind 2−0 and 4−3 early but came on strong at the end of the first period to take a 7−4 halftime lead. In the second half, Tufts and Bates traded goals before the Jumbos took control, going on a five−goal run to take a 13−6 lead and put the game out of reach.
In addition to Horner’s offensive onslaught, junior Kerry Eaton scored three goals and senior tri−captain Lara Kozin added a goal and two assists. Senior Kelly Cakert forced three turnovers to add to her league−leading total, while classmate Emily Pillemer scooped up five ground balls.
The victory came on the heels of a demoralizing 12−4 loss to Amherst on Saturday that put Tufts alone in seventh place in the NESCAC. After yesterday’s bounce−back performance, Tufts moved into a tie with Hamilton for the sixth spot.
The team will hit the road for its final two regular season contests, Saturday at 1−7 Wesleyan and next Wednesday at 5−3 Bowdoin.