WELLESLEY, Mass. – The No. 6 Tufts University field hockey team earned their fourth consecutive victory by downing Wellesley College, 2-0, in non-conference action at Butler Stadium on Wednesday evening.
|Senior Rachel Hamilton has three consecutive game-winning goals.|
The Jumbos improve to 10-2 following their last non-conference contest of the season. Wellesley falls to 7-6 with the loss.
The Jumbos earned the first strong opportunity of the contest in the ninth minute of play. After drawing a penalty corner, the first of the contest, freshman Reegan McCluskey fired a ball from the top of the shooting arc that was saved by the Wellesley goalkeeper, Janelle Sullivan.
With under two minutes to play in the first quarter, senior Marguerite Salamone sent a penalty corner to the middle of the arc. The Jumbos set a play to feed the ball to junior Beth Krikorian on the right side of the arc. He shot was deflected high. The Jumbos were unable to find the goal, even with the sustained pressure.
Sophomore Gillian Roeca fired a shot that went wide early in the second quarter. However, the Jumbos forced a turnover in the attacking zone. The ensuing restart went to the middle of the field. A pass through the Wellesley backline found Roeca. She fired a shot that on goal, but it was saved by Sullivan.
In the 21st minute of play, Salamone took another corner. She found McCluskey who beat Sullivan with her shot, but Clare Doyle was on the goal line to register the defensive save and keep the contest tied.
Following a Wellesley green card, the Jumbos earned another penalty corner. Salamone again sent a pass to McCluskey. Her shot was right at the right post, but senior Rachel Hamilton was crashing towards goal to deflect the shot into the back of the cage to give the Jumbos a 1-0 lead.
Tufts continued the attack and earned two more penalty corners with less than three minutes to play in the half. However, McCluskey fired two shots, one blocked and the other wide, as a result of the corners.
Early in the third quarter, Tufts earned a corner. The play was set to Krikorian. Her shot went wide right from the left side of the arc. Just past five minutes into the half, another Salamone corner went to Krikorian. With her shot on goal, Roeca got her stick in the play and deflected the shot into the right side of the cage to give Tufts a 2-0 advantage. The Jumbos tried their corner play for a third time in the 38th minute of play, however Krikorian's shot was blocked away.
Wellesley earned their first opportunity in the fourth quarter when they earned a penalty corner following a shot by Carson Dennis. Maddie Bettencourt sent a short pass to the arc, but a foul on the Blue negated the shot attempt. On the ensuing counter-attack, junior Kassidy Rogers-Hamilton nearly had the third Jumbo goal of the contest but her shot squeaked just wide.
Sophomores Andie Stallman and Emma Smith combined for the shutout. Stallman earned the win in nearly 41 minutes of action. Smith closed out the remaining time. Stallman is now 10-2 on the season. Sullivan made five saves on seven shots on goal in the losing effort. She is now 7-6.
Following three consecutive away games, the Jumbos will be at home for their final three regular season games. The first comes on Saturday when they host Connecticut College for a 12 pm start. The Blue head to Springfield College on Saturday. They are slated to start at 1 pm.