MEDFORD – Tufts University junior Beth Krikorian is New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey's first Player of the Week for 2019, announced today.
Krikorian played a critical role in Tufts' 2-1 victory at Williams College in the season and NESCAC opener for both teams on Saturday in Williamstown. Her shot on goal led to the game-tying tally and then she scored the game-winner with a little more than four minutes remaining in regulation.
The Jumbos entered the game ranked second in the National Field Hockey Coaches Associaton preseason poll and Williams was #11. After three scoreless quarters, Williams scored to take a 1-0 lead with 6:19 left in the fourth quarter.
Krikorian helped the Jumbos tie the score when she put a good shot on goal that was saved by the Williams keeper. However, senior teammate Marguerite Salamone was there to capitalize on the rebound with 5:52 on the clock to tie the score at 1-1.
With time winding down under four minutes, Krikorian then took matters into her own hands and scored the game-winner unassisted with just 3:23 on the clock to put the visitors up 2-1. It was the fourth game-winning goal of her career after she notched three last season.
This is the first conference Player of the Week honor for Krikorian. The junior is coming off a season in which she was third on the team with 18 points by scoring seven goals with four assists. She was particularly productive in league games with five goals and two assists for 12 points in those 10 contests.