Field Hockey Edges Hamilton 3-2 on Senior Day At Bello Field

Collleen Golja scored her second collegiate goal on Saturday against Hamilton

MEDFORD – The #9 Jumbos had a perfect sunny afternoon for their final home contest of the regular season, and they used two first half goals en route to a 3-2 win over visiting Hamilton College on Bello field.  Saturday was senior day for the team.   Senior Colleen Golja, and senior co-captains Bri Keenan and Brittany Norfleet were honored prior to the start of the contest.

Norfleet opened up the scoring with her career-high fifth goal of the season just over five minutes into play as she dribbled into the scoring circle, and past a couple Hamilton defenders, and shot the ball into the back left corner to give the Jumbos the 1-0 advantage.

Continental Alyson Skelly helped keep the lead to just one when she earned a defensive save by stopping a shot from junior Dakota Sikes-Keilp in a series of shots the Jumbos were able to unleash just over fifteen minutes into play.   

Tufts would gain the 2-0 lead on a penalty stroke with just under twenty minutes remaining in the first half.  Senior Colleen Golja lifted her shot into the upper left corner of the goal to give the Jumbos the 2-0 advantage.  The goal was Golja's second of the season, and her career.

Despite plenty of offensive pressure from the Jumbos, the score would remain 2-0 entering halftime.  The Jumbos outshot the Continentals, 14-6, in the first frame, and earned four penalty corners to the visitor's four.   While the first half saw two Jumbo goals scored, the second half would feature two Hamilton goals and one Tufts goal.

The Continentals pulled within one with about fifteen minutes into the second half.  First-year Katie Guzzetta took a shot that Keenan was able to save.  The ball deflected off Keenan and back to the stick of Guzzetta, whose second chance got past Keenan.  The goal was Guzzetta's first of the season and moved the score to 2-1.

About two minutes later the Jumbos moved their lead to two with junior Allison Rolfe scoring her first of the season.  Rolfe was able to get the ball past senior keeper Victoria Trentini after the ball deflected of the keeper following a save off a shot from junior Rachel Terveer.

The scoring wouldn't stop there.  Hamilton added their second of the day off a penalty corner with about five minutes left in the game.  Guzzetta passed the ball to sophomore Eva Rosencrans who scored her team-leading 17th goal of the season to bring the Continentals within one again.  

Though Hamilton pulled their goalie with about a minute and a half left to play, they were unable to score, and the Jumbos managed the 3-2 win.

Keenan finished with seven saves for Tufts, while her Hamilton counterpart, Trentini, finished with 16.  Tufts held the advantage in shots, 30-12, and penalty corners, 10-5, on the day.

The Continentals are now 6-8 this season and 2-7 in NESCAC play.  They will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Williams at 6:00 pm in their regular season finale.

The Jumbos move to 11-3 overall with a 6-3 conference mark.  The Jumbos travel up Brunswick, Maine on Wednesday for their regular season finale against #2 Bowdoin at 6:00 pm.

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