MEDFORD – Two second-half goals lifted the No. 3 Jumbos field hockey team to a 2-0 win over non-conference opponent Haverford Wednesday night at Ounjian Field.
|Freshman Andie Stallman got her fourth shutout this season in the win|
With the win, the Jumbos improve to 12-1 overall and 7-0 at home. Tufts will be back at home this Saturday as they host NESCAC opponent No. 16 Williams College at 1 pm. Haverford falls to 6-7 with the loss and 4-4 on the road. They'll head back to Pennsylvania as they host Centennial opponent Dickinson at 12:30 pm on Saturdady.
Starting the first half, Haverford was able to control play in their own end with quick passes and with up-and-downfield ball movement. This helped reduce pressure from Tufts, as the Jumbos have been known to cause havoc in opposing team's ends early on. The Jumbos played well in their own backfield, switching fields and not allowing the Fords any early chances. With their back-and-forth passing, the Jumbos worked well in tight spaces, as most of the overall possession took place in the Fords zone.
As the half progressed, the field started to clear and the Jumbos started to get opportunities. However, goalkeeper Hannah Roth for Haverford made a few up-close saves that kept her team in the game, and importantly kept them still tied at 0-0. Freshman Gillian Roeca, junior Rachel Hamilton, and senior co-captain Gigi Tutoni made sure that Roth was busy towards the end of the half, as the Jumbos started to heat up.
Bringing this same fast-paced tempo to the next half, the Jumbos started where they left off. In the 42nd minute, Roeca placed right in front of net, put an aerial shot on Roth and she quickly batted it away. Roughly five minutes later, the Jumbos finally broke through. Crashing the net, freshman Claire Foley was able to place a rebound past Roth for a 1-0 Jumbo lead. With the traffic in front, it was hard for the Fords to clear the ball and Foley took advantage of the situation and gave Tufts the lead.
A hair under three minutes later, Tufts struck again. The Jumbos have utilized their penalty corners to the fullest this season. In the 50th minute, junior Marguerite Salamone inserted a penalty corner directly to Hamilton who was at the top of the circle. Hamilton ripped a shot towards net and Roth had little time to react, as it slipped by her for a 2-0 lead.
This would be the final score, as the Jumbos haven't allowed a single shot on net in the last four games. Throughout the game, the swarming Jumbo defense didn't allow nearly anything in front of freshman goalkeeper Andie Stallman. They did a good job holding their ground, making it tough for Haverford to put a shot on goal.
The Jumbos had a total of 31 shots while Haverford had just one. Tufts was given seven penalty corners, while the Fords had one. Stallman had her fourth straight shutout, and Roth for Haverford had eight total saves.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Ryan Servant