Field Hockey Shuts Out Amherst 2-0 in Top 10 NESCAC Battle

AMHERST - One of the Tufts field hockey team's three losses last year on its way to the conference title and NCAA finals was against Amherst in overtime, but the Jumbos were able to gain a measure of revenge today with a 2-0 win over the Mammoths at Gooding Field.

Beth Krikorian scored for the second straight game

Sixth-ranked Tufts improves to 6-2 on the year (5-0 NESCAC). With the loss, #8 Amherst falls to 6-2 on the season and to 2-2 in league play.

The Jumbos got on the scoreboard at the 5:03 mark, as senior Mary Travers notched her team-leading fifth goal of the season. Drawing a corner, Tufts' initial shot from the top of the circle ricocheted off an Amherst defender, however Travers got her stick on the ball on the right side of the net and sent it over the goal line.

Freshman Beth Krikorian doubled Tufts' advantage to 2-0 with 5:37 to play in the first half following a Jumbos' corner. Positioned near the penalty hash, Krikorian deflected Hanaa Malik's shot from the top right of the circle through the legs of the Mammoths' keeper. The goal was her second in as many games.

One of Amherst's best chances to avoid the shutout came with 20:32 to play in regulation as junior Emery Sorvino redirected classmate Kendall Codey's drive from the top left of the circle, but Jumbo keeper Emily Polinski was just able to get her pad on the ball to turn the shot away.

In goal, sophomore Emilie Flamme (6-2) made seven stops for Amherst in the losing effort, while Polinski (6-2) recorded two saves for Tufts in the win. The Jumbos owned a 10-3 edge in shots, while both sides earned six penalty corners in the match-up. Travers led the contest with five shots, while Sorvino and freshman Anna Agathis led the offensive effort for Amherst with a shot on goal each.

Tufts heads out to Hamilton College for NESCAC action tomorrow starting at noon. Amherst returns to action on Tuesday when they host Connecticut College beginning at 7 p.m.

Recap courtesy of Amherst College