CLINTON, N.Y. - Senior co-captain Rachel Hamilton scored her second game-winning goal in two days with 5:59 left in the fourth quarter to lift the Tufts University field hockey team to a 3-2 NESCAC comeback victory at Hamilton College on Saturday at Goodfriend Field.
|Senior Julia Todesco assisted on Tufts' second goal today.|
The #7 nationally-ranked Jumbos improve to 9-2 on the season and 6-1 in conference play, while the Continentals move to 4-7 on the season and 2-6 in the conference. The comeback marked the fifth time Tufts won after trailing in the game this fall, including three times in NESCAC. The Jumbos were previously down against Williams, Endicott, Bates and Amherst before rallying to win.
Hamilton's game-winner for the Jumbos came from a penalty corner opportunity in the fourth quarter. Junior Beth Krikorian fired a shot towards the Continentals' goalkeeper resulting in a save, but earning the Jumbos a corner. The ball was driven in by senior Marguerite Salamone to Hamilton, who handled it for a wide-open shot and goal to give Tuffts a 3-2 advantage.
Sophomore Claire Foley had started the Jumbo comeback just two minutes into the fourth quarter. Tufts' relentless offensive pressure kept possession of the ball on a clearing attempt by the Hamilton defense. The ball found its way to Foley in the center of the shooting circle and she was quickly surrounded by multiple Hamilton defenders. She was able to earn herself enough space to fire a shot through a crowd of players into the back of the net.
Just five minutes later, Foley received the ball on an excellent pass from senior midfielder Julia Todesco. Foley handled the ball and put a hard drive into the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2 at the 52:50 mark. The two-goal game gives Foley six for the season.
Hamilton netted the game-winner 1:11 later for Tufts. She also had a third-quarter game-winner in the Jumbos' 3-2 victory at Amherst yesterday.
The host Continentals earned a pair of corners in the final six minutes of regulation and put two shots on goal that Tufts goalkeeper Andie Stallman saved. Her stop against Cat Donahue came in the closing seconds.
The host Continentals had jumped out to an early lead in the second quarter as they scored their two goals within two minutes of one another. The first Hamilton goal came after a Tufts foul resulted in a penalty shot goal by senior midfielder Lizzie Clark. Only 1:29 went by until the Continentals found the back of the net for a second time to extend their lead to 2-0. Senior forward Michaela Giuttari scored unassisted as she was able to chip a shot past Stallman.
Stallman improved to 9-2 on the season making four saves on six Hamilton shots on goal. For Hamilton, keeper Maggie Reville made four saves on seven Tufts shots on goal falling to 4-7 on the season.
The contest remained competitive in both offensive zones through all four quarters as the Jumbos outshot the Continentals 15-11. Tufts earned the advantage in penalty corners 7-6 and both teams were given multiple green cards throughout the competitive contest.
The Jumbos stay on the road as they travel to Wellesley College on Wednesday at 5 pm. The Continentals are back at home against Wesleyan in a conference game next Saturday at 12 pm.