Chrupcala Leads Jumbos to 1-0 Win Over Amherst With Fourth Goal of the Season

Emily Polinski recorded her second career shutout in the win.

AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Elle Chrupcala scored off a penalty corner called with one second remaining in the first half and the No. 12 Tufts field hockey team used the one goal to top No. 14 Amherst on the road on Monday evening. Senior Dakota Sikes-Keilp helped preserve the win for the Jumbos picking up her second defensive save of the season to help the Jumbos pull off the 1-0 victory.

The Jumbos move to 7-2 on the season with a 5-1 mark in NESCAC play, while the Lord Jeffs suffer their third conference set back and are now 5-3 this season and 1-3 in NESCAC play. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed till Monday evening.

The Jumbos earned an early opportunity to get on the board, drawing a penalty stroke 2:15 into play. Despite several players vying to clear the loose ball after a shot by junior Nicole Arata, the ball found the foot of an Amherst defender in front of the net. Senior Dakota Sikes-Keilp, who leads Tufts with 40 shots on the year, was tabbed to take the stroke, however the shot was sent just wide of the net.

Amherst controlled the momentum in the final 15 minutes of the first half, outshooting Tufts 5-0 until the final moments of the period.

It appeared as if the game would enter intermission tied, however the Jumbos were awarded a penalty corner opportunity with one second remaining in the half. Taking full advantage, Chrupcala scored the game winner with no time remaining on the clock, rifling a shot past junior keeper Emily Horwitz from the top left of the circle.  Senior tri-captain Maggie Chapman was credited with the assist.

Sikes-Keilp helped keep the 1-0 lead just under ten minutes into the second half when she recorded a defensive save on a shot from Amherst's Sara Culhane.

The Jumbos held the advantage in shots during the contest, 14-8, and had an 8-5 advantage in penalty corners. Horwitz finished with six saves for Amherst while Tufts rookie goalie Emily Polinski recorded the second shut out of her career with five saves in net.

Amherst will play again when they take on Connecticut College in a NESCAC match on Wednesday with a 7 pm start time. The Jumbos will next play on Saturday when they host Middlebury for a Homecoming match up at 12 pm on Bello Field.

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