MEDFORD - The No. 4 ranked Tufts field hockey team played their final regular-season game of the season on Wednesday as they defeated conference opponent Bowdoin 3-0 at Ounjian Field, to officially secure the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC tournament.
|Issy Del Priore recorded two defensive saves for the Jumbos|
With the win the Jumbos finished the regular-season with an overall record of 11-4 and a conference record of 8-2, while the visiting Polar Bears fell to an overall record of 9-6 and a conference record of 5-5.
Tufts got on the board early as they received a penalty corner just one minute into the game and were able to keep the ball in the offense area until they scored just over three minutes in. The goal came on a pass from Hanaa Malik that was sent across the circle where Gigi Tutoni was able to knock the ball out of the air and send it past the goalie into the back of the cage for her sixth goal of the season.
The Jumbos scored their second goal of the game with three minutes remaining in the first half. Marguerite Salamone inserted the ball off of a corner that was passed around the top of the circle multiple times before Erin Sanders was able to find Claire Trilling who ripped a shot from the right side of the circle past the Polar Bears defense and into the cage for her third goal of the season.
The only real scoring opportunity in the first half for Bowdoin came with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half when they got two consecutive shots off. Kara Finnerty's shot was blocked by the Jumbo defense, but sent back out to Elizabeth Growney who took a shot, but got saved by Tufts goalie Emily Polinski and Tufts took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The Jumbos came out in the second half right where they started and were able to score their third goal of the game just seven minutes into the half. Tufts received a corner that was inserted by Salamone, the ball was passed around until Mary Kate Patton took a shot at Bowdoin goalie Maddie Ferrucci that was blocked. Celia Lewis was there for the rebound and sent the ball past Ferrucci for her fourth goal of the season.
After falling behind 3-0 the Polar Bears started to turn it on and dominated possession the remainder of the second half. They were able to outshoot the Jumbos in the second half, 16-4, and came away with six penalty corners to Tufts' one. Bowdoin had many scoring opportunities late in the second half, but were stopped by a defensive save from senior defender Issy Del Priore on two separate occasions to keep the game at 3-0.
The Polar Bears finished the game with the advantage in shots (19-11) and penalty corners (6-4). Ferrucci made two saves for Bowdoin, while Del Priore and Polinski combined for 10 saves. Emily Polinski recorded a season-high eight saves for the Jumbos.
With the win Tufts secured the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC tournament, while Bowdoin earned the seventh seed. The two teams will meet again on Saturday (Oct. 28) in the conference quarterfinals at Ounjian Field starting at 1 p.m.
Written by Will Ferreira, Athletic Communications Intern