|Dominique Zarrella scored twice for the Jumbos on Wednesday evening.|
MEDFORD - The No. 10 Tufts field hockey team scored four first half goals and then held on to that lead on Wednesday evening as they topped the visiting UMass-Dartmouth Corsairs, 4-2, on Bello Field. Junior tri-captain Dominique Zarrella scored twice for the Jumbos.
With the win the Jumbos move to 4-1 on the season with a 3-0 mark in NESCAC play. The Corsairs are now 5-2 with a 2-0 record in conference play.
Tufts struck first just over two minutes into the first half when Zarrella received a pass from senior Dakota Sikes-Keilp in front of the goal and dribbled around a defender and shot the ball into the left corner to give the Jumbos the 1-0 advantage.
The Jumbos added their second tally off a penalty stroke after Corsair sophomore keeper Allison Burke was called for a penalty for using her body to stop the ball. Junior Elle Chrupcala took the penalty shot for Tufts, and fired a shot past a diving Burke into the left post for her second goal of the season.
Tufts made it 3-0 just over two minutes later when first-year Hanaa Malik scored from the left post off a pass from sophomore Mary Kate Patton who was on the right side. The Jumbos made it 4-0 just a little more than two minutes later off a penalty corner. Senior tri-captain Maggie Chapman inserted to Chrupcala, who passed the ball to her left to sophomore Celia Lewis who then shot the ball. Zarrella was able to deflect Lewis' shot into the goal for her second of the day and the fourth for the Jumbos.
Just two minutes later another goal would be scored, but this time it was by the Corsairs. In a scramble on the right side in front of the goal, Jill Levrault was able to pick up the loose ball and get it past Jumbo sophomore keeper Libby DesRuisseaux to put the visitors on the board.
The Jumbos took the 4-1 lead into halftime. At the half the Jumbos had outshot the Corsairs, 10-2, and also held the advantage in penalty corners, 5-0.
In the second half it was only the visitors that were able to score. Just a little over two minutes into the start of the second half Hunter Carden had the ball inside the circle, dribbled past a Tufts defender and was able to sneak the ball into the back of the net for a Corsair tally to move the score to 4-2.
Despite some pressure from the Jumbos, the score remained 4-2 for the duration of the second half. The Jumbos finished with the advantage in shots, 20-4, and corners, 10-1. DesRuisseaux finished with one save, while first-year Emily Polinski played the entire second half and also finished with one save. Burke finished with seven saves for the visitors.
UMass-Dartmouth will be back in action on Saturday when they host Fitchburg State with a 12 pm start time. The Jumbos will be back in action on Saturday as well when Gordon pays a visit to Bello Field for a 12 pm game.