LEWISTON, Maine—The #5 Tufts University field hockey team defeated #14 Bates College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) battle, 3-2, at Campus Avenue Field on Saturday afternoon.
|Senior Marguerite Salamone is tied for the team-lead in goals and points.|
The Jumbos improve to 6-1 on the season and remain blemish free in NESCAC play at 3-0. The Bobcats fall to 5-2 with a 2-2 record in NESCAC play.
With 3:21 left in the first quarter, Emily Gianunzio put the Bobcats on top 1-0. Bates earned a penalty corner and an initial shot by Paige Cote was cleared away from the goal line by Tufts, but the clear attempt went directly to Gianunzio who fired the rebound into the back of the cage.
Sophomore Claire Foley evened the score for the Jumbos with 7:08 left in the second quarter. Foley made it 1-1 off an assist from junior Beth Krikorian. Just over five minutes later, freshman Reegan McCluskey put the Jumbos on top. Tufts capitalized on a penalty corner. Senior Marguerite Salamone inserted the ball to Brigid Gliwa, who stopped it for McCluskey to send home her first career goal.
The Jumbo lead would be short-lived as Cote knotted the score at 2-2 just 1:15 later. The Bobcats earned a penalty corner in the final minute of the second quarter. Cote maneuvered the ball around the top of the circle before tying the game headed into the half.
With under a minute to play in the third quarter, Salamone gave Tufts the 3-2 lead. Following a corner, Salamone batted a pass from sophomore Gillian Roeca out of midair and into the back of the cage. The Bobcats had two corners and two blocked shots in the final quarter, but the Jumbos were able to hang on to their lead for the remainder.
Sophomore Andie Stallman faced five shots on goal, stopping three of them in the winning effort. She is now 6-1 on the season. Grace Biddle and Ellie Bauer split halves for the Bobcats. They combined to make two saves on five shots on goal. Biddle earned the loss and is now 3-1 on the season.
The Jumbos fired six shots in the contest compared to 12 by the Bobcats. Bates also held the edge in penalty corners at 9-5.
In six of their seven games, the Jumbos have played against a nationally ranked opponent, at that time, and hold a 6-0 record against those opponents.
The Jumbos are back in action on Tuesday when they head to Wesleyan for a NESCAC matchup starting at 6 pm. Bates will host Babson on Tuesday in a non-conference meeting. They are slated for a 7 pm start.
Recap Courtesy of Bates College Athletic Communications