The Middlebury women’s lacrosse team hosted Tufts for the NESCAC Championship at Kohn Field.
The No. 1 Panthers pulled past the Jumbos 10-9 to claim its tenth conference title. Midd opened up scoring with a powerful goal from Emma McDonagh to lead 1-0. Throughout the game the two teams kept responding with goals one after another. Heading into halftime the Jumbos led 5-4.
In the first five minutes of the second half Tufts racked up two more goals for a 7-4 lead over the Panthers. But, Middlebury shortly came back from the deficit to win 10-9.
Middlebury freshman Jane Earley finished with a career-high eight points and led the team with five goals and three assists.
“It means everything you know. It’s a crazy hard league to win in and so this is just a huge game. Every year you know it’s gonna be a battle. We have been here before but it never feels the same. So we knew this was gonna be a battle. Tufts is a great team, I think they’re one of the best teams in the country and it was down to the wire. We had to work for everything, which we expect to, and it’s just really fun to see our kids respond in the moment and get it done” said head coach Kate Livesay.
The Panthers will find out tonight at 9:30 p.m. who they will be facing in the first round of the NCAA tournament.