NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior co-captain Gigi Tutoni scored the game-winner as the No. 3 Tufts field hockey team defeated NESCAC opponent Connecticut College 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Silfen Field.
|Freshman Claire Foley scored the second goal of the game|
With the win, Tufts improves to 10-1 on the season and 6-1 in conference play. They will be back on the road tomorrow as they face conference opponent No. 15 Trinity at 1 pm. The Camels fall to 3-10 on the season with the loss and 0-8 in conference play. They're back in action next Saturday, as they're on the road against No. 9 Bowdoin for an early 11 am start time.
Connecticut College bent but wouldn't break in the first half of the contest, as Tufts' heavy attack was unable to capitalize on their many opportunities. Goalkeeper Jackie Mountford for the Camels kept this a scoreless game by playing wonderfully and gathering a total of eight saves. Tufts junior Rachel Hamilton had two shots that hit the post, and overall the Jumbos had 10 penalty corners. Freshman Sophie Schoeni and Hamilton both had a total of three shots each and as a team they had a total of 13 shots.
Freshman Andie Stallman made her second career collegiate start for the Jumbos, not facing much towards her end of the field for the entirety of the half. The Jumbos' defense, which has only allowed seven goals all season, showed early on how solid they are, not letting the Camels get a single shot off.
With a string of penalty corners to start the second half, the Jumbos looked to capitalize early on. In a three-minute span, Tufts produced three penalty corners, which is a lethal part of the Jumbos' game thus far this season. The dynamic duo consisting of Tutoni and Hamilton finally broke through the Camels' defense in the 40th minute off of a penalty corner, giving the Jumbos a 1-0 lead. Hamilton, who had the assist, passed the ball to Tutoni who batted it in the air past Mountford for her ninth goal of the season.
The Jumbos got back into the scoring column in the 54th minute off of the stick of freshman Claire Foley. She dribbled in from the top of the circle, fired a shot towards the right post and snuck it behind Mountford giving Tufts a 2-0 advantage late in the half, which would be the score after the final whistle.
As a team, the Jumbos compiled a total of 20 shots, where 12 of those were on goal. The Camels did not have a shot. The Jumbos had 17 penalty corners, while the Camels had none. Stallman added another shutout for her second of the season in back-to-back games. Mountford finished with 10 saves.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Ryan Servant