Field Hockey Remains Unbeaten In NESCAC Play With 2-1 Win Over Hamilton

CLINTON, N.Y. - Tufts' Marguerite Salamone posted one goal and one assist and lifted the nationally ranked No. 6 Jumbos to a 2-1 NESCAC field hockey win against the ninth-ranked Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Goodfriend Field on Sunday afternoon.

Marguerite Salamone scored her first goal of the season 

Tufts (7-2, 6-0 NESCAC) has won four straight - all away from home - and is in first place in the conference standings with four NESCAC games remaining. The Continentals (6-3, 4-2) are tied for third place in the NESCAC standings with four conference contests to go. Hamilton had won its last 11 home games dating back to early last season.

All the scoring was done in the first half. The Continentals grabbed a 1-0 lead with 21:26 left in the half when Tatiana Bradley scored her third goal of the season. Shortly after a Jumbos' penalty corner, Brooke Talsania  sent a long pass ahead from the Continentals' defensive end across midfield. Bradley caught up to it, dribbled in from the right wing and down near the end line to the right of the cage. She avoided a defender and threaded a shot through the goalie that banged off the left side of the cage.

Tufts scored both its goals following corners late in the half. Salamone tied the score on her first goal this year with 4:47 remaining. A shot by Celia Lewis was blocked and the ball bounced out to Gigi Tutoni, who centered it to Hanaa Malik. Malik redirected the pass to Salamone and she swept the ball into the goal from point-blank range.

Erin Sanders scored the go-ahead goal - her first this season - about three minutes later. Salamone inserted the ball on another penalty corner to Sanders at the left wing. Sanders controlled the pass and unleashed a hard shot from the edge of the arc. The ball eluded a kick-save attempt by the goalie and banged off the right side of the cage with 1:49 to go.

The second half featured plenty of changes in possession, but not much else. Hamilton had its first corner about a minute in and the resulting shot by Margaret Revera was blocked. Mary Kate Patton took a shot - the only one of the half for Tufts - that went wide of the cage with 23 minutes left. The Continentals were down a player for two minutes due to a green card with 16 minutes remaining, but the Jumbos couldn't capitalize. After Hamilton called a timeout with 7:02 to go the Continentals gained a bit of momentum with two penalty corners and two blocked shots in the final two minutes, but didn't net the equalizer.

The Jumbos finished the game with the advantage in shots (13-4) and penalty corners (5-3). Hamilton goalie Julia Booth had five saves, while Tufts goalie Emily Polinski did not record a save as the Jumbos' defense limited the Continentals to just one shot on goal.

The Continentals travel to Morrisville State College for a non-conference game on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Jumbos host Middlebury College in a key NESCAC contest next Saturday at 11 a.m.

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Parts of this release courtesy of Hamilton College