MEDFORD – Sophomore Claire Foley scored with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift the third-ranked Tufts University field hockey team to an exciting 3-2 NESCAC victory over #20 Colby College on Saturday at Ounjian Field.
|Sophomore Claire Foley netted the game-winner for the Jumbos.|
Tufts dominated early and led 2-0 after one quarter. The Mules rallied in the second half to tie the score at 2-2 before Foley won it late for Tufts. The Jumbos improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 NESCAC. Colby suffered its first loss of the year, falling to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the league.
The Jumbos scored twice in the first quarter on corners. For the first goal, a shot by junior Beth Krikorian was blocked by the Colby defense. The deflection went to junior Marguerite Salamone and she potted her second goal of the season just a minute and a half into the game.
Similarly on the second goal, Jumbo senior co-captain Rachel Hamilton blasted a shot that was saved. The rebound came right back to her and she was successful on her second attempt for a 2-0 Tufts lead 6:13 into the game.
Late in the second quarter, Tufts had a good chance to go up by three goals when a Salamon shot was blocked but continued towards the net. Colby's Lauren Walter swept it away for a defensive save.
The Jumbos had advantages of 13-4 in shots (6-2 on goal) and 11-4 in corners for the half.
The visiting Mules would pick it up in the second half and quickly cut the lead in half. On an early rush, freshman Kaitlyn Smith sent a long pass into the middle of the circle where senior Eliza Mell received it, turned and fired a shot into the goal just 59 seconds into the third period.
Colby nearly tied it three minutes into the fourth when junior Myri Skodock was wide open to receive a pass at the left post. However, Jumbo sophomore goalkeeper Andie Stallman dove across the crease to make the initial save, and then made another on the rebound.
The Mules would get the equalizer during a penalty corner chance. After the insert by junior Lauren Walter, Smith sent a pass to freshman Georgia Cassidy whose blast from the left side tied the score at 2-2 with six minutes remaining in regulation.
Tufts would earn its third fourth-quarter victory of the season. During a penalty corner, a shot by sophomore Sophie Schoeni was saved, sophomore Gillian Roeca's attempt on the round was blocked, but Foley was in the right spot to score the game-winner. The Jumbos added the late win to their earlier fourth-quarter comebacks against Williams and Endicott this season.
Colby senior goalkeeper Emily Buckman helped give her team a chance with 14 saves, including six in the third quarter. Tufts finished with a 29-8 advantage in shots, including 10-1 in the third. The Jumbos also earned a 23-5 advantage in penalty corners. Stallman finished with four saves for Tufts.
The Jumbos remain at home and host #19 Babson College on Wednesday. Colby, which started a four-game road swing today, plays at Wesleyan tomorrow at noon.