Patton Leads No. 6 Field Hockey Past Wellesley, 4-0 Thursday

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Senior co-captain Mary Kate Patton scored a pair of goals as the No. 6 nationally ranked Tufts field hockey team defeated Wellesley 4-0 on Thursday at the Wellesley Fields Complex.

Mary Kate Patton scored two goals for the Jumbos

With the victory, the Jumbos improve to 9-4 overall with a NESCAC record of 6-2, while Wellesley fell to 5-10 overall and 2-5 in their conference.

Tufts junior Gigi Tutoni scored the first goal of the game at 3:36, as the Jumbos converted on the first of their 11 penalty corner chances. Tutoni swatted the ball out of midair on the play, redirecting a tip from senior Mary Travers.

Patton made the score 2-0 with 3:32 left before halftime, using a nice move in front to beat Wellesley goalkeeper Maggie Connelly. Patton and the Jumbos threatened to make the score 3-0 at the end of the first, but Connelly got the upper-hand on Patton on a penalty stroke, capping a busy opening session with her ninth save of the half to keep the score 2-0.

Patton scored her second goal of the game and third of the season in the opening minutes of the second half, this time finishing on a redirection from Tutoni after senior Mary Travers crossed the ball into the circle.

Tufts added a fourth goal at 51:15, when a drive from senior Erin Sanders was tipped up and in by sophomore Rachel Hamilton for her third goal of the season putting the Jumbos up 4-0 and keeping the score there for the remainder of the game.

The Jumbos finished with the advantage in shots (26-3) and penalty corners (11-1) while Wellesley's Connelly finished the contest with 16 saves, her third-straight double digit output. Tufts junior goalie Emily Polinski made one save in just over 63 minutes before giving way to sophomore Samantha Ward for the remainder of the contest.

Wellesley will host another NESCAC opponent in Trinity (Conn.) on Senior Day this Saturday at 12:00 p.m.. Tufts will travel to Williams for a conference match-up that is set to start at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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Parts of this release courtesy of Wellesley

Written by Will Ferreira, Athletic Communications Intern