STEWART'S HAT TRICK LEADS JUMBOS TO 3-0 VICTORY AGAINST #11 MIDDLEBURY

Sophomore goalie Phoebe Hanley recorded the first victory of her career

SOMERVILLE - First-year Maeve Stewart (Palo Alto, CA) started her collegiate career with a hat trick to lead the Tufts University Jumbos to a 3-0 NESCAC victory over the 11th ranked Middlebury College Panters at Kraft Field on Saturday afternoon.

Senior co-captain Carrie Wilson (Longmeadow, MA) had the ball in the back and put a pass through to Stewart, who beat her defender and blasted a shot to the lower left corner past keeper Lauryn Torch (Bronxville, NY) to open the scoring for the Jumbos in the 10th minute.  Sophomore Amy Schulster (San Francisco, CA) had a chance to tie the game for Middlebury, but her shot hit the bottom of the cross bar and bounced away from the net.

Stewart added her second of the contest just 1:36 into the second half of action. She collected a volley pass from junior Lauren O'Connor (Dudley, MA), beat her defender and chipped a shot over a sprawling Torch.  A little less than nine minutes later, Stewart added her third of the contest.  Junior Jamie Love-Nichols (Cortez, CO) made a move on the endline to beat her defender and fed Stewart at the six-yard box and she chipped a shot into the open net.  Torch made the save of the contest in the second half off a penalty shot by Tufts senior co-captain Sarah Nolet (Los Altos, CA) that would have given the Jumbos a 4-0 advantage.

Sophomore Pheobe Hanley (Mamaroneck, NY) picked up the win in net for the Jumbos after playing the first half of action.  Hanely maed two saves in the first 45 minutes of play, while first year Kristen Wright (Austin, TX) played the final 45 minutes of action and made one stop to preserve the shutout for the Jumbos.  Torch stopped four shots for the Panthers, including three in the second half.  Tufts outshot Middlebury by an 11-10 margin, while the Panthers had the edge in corner kicks, 6-3.

Tufts will next be in action on Tuesday (Sept. 14) as the Jumbos travel to Keene, N.H. for a non-conference match-up against the Owls with kick-off set for 6:00 pm.  Middlebury will next face Wheaton College in a non-conference contest in Norton, Mass. on Sunday, September 12 with kick-off set for 3:00 pm.

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