BRUNSWICK, Maine – Fourth-ranked Tufts field hockey topped No. 12 Bowdoin 2-1 on Wednesday evening at Ryan Field in the Jumbos' final regular-season contest to extend their winning streak to six games.
|Marguerite Salamone buried her second goal of the year at Bowdoin|
Senior forward Gigi Tutoni struck first in the ninth minute as she had a nice reverse stick shot through a screen go to the back of the cage from the left side of the field to give the Jumbos a 1-0 edge.
Tufts (14-1, 9-1 NESCAC) will enter the NESCAC Championship as the No. 2 seed and Bowdoin (11-4, 6-4 NESCAC) enters as the No. 6 seed.
The Jumbos came out quick in this game as Tutoni put a shot on goal that was stopped by Bowdoin sophomore goalie Maddie Ferrucci. The ball went out of bounds and junior midfielder Marguerite Salamone took the game's first penalty corner.
The Tutoni goal in the ninth minute was her team-leading 11th goal this year.
The Jumbos continued to apply pressure on the Polar Bears' defense when sophomore midfielder Beth Krikorian rifled in a shot that went off Ferrucci. Tufts first-year midfielder Sophie Schoeni had a great chance in front of the cage that Polar Bear freshman defender Beth Koeller made a great defensive save on in the 16th minute to keep the deficit at one.
Bowdoin's offense finally found some space in the 19th minute when junior forward Kara Finnerty put a strike on goal that was stopped by Tufts freshman goalie Andie Stallman. Polar Bear defender Elle Brine sent a penalty corner that found the stick of senior defender Elizabeth Bennewitz who riffled one at the cage, but Jumbo senior defender Issy Del Priore jumped in front of it to make a defensive save in the 20th minute. Bowdoin had its best chance of the half 11 seconds later as the ball found the stick of Finnerty who had her shot knocked away in the air by Del Priore. Tutoni put the only other shot on net for the rest of the half as the defenses settled down.
In the first half, the Jumbos outshot the Polar Bears five (five in goal) to four (three on goal). Ferrucci recorded four saves in the first 35 minutes while Stallman stopped three shots. Tufts attempted three penalty corners to Bowdoin's two.
The Polar Bears' freshman midfielder Manveer Sandhu attempted the first shot of the second half, but Stallman made a good save to keep the score 1-0. Bowdoin controlled the possession early in the second half and it led to another Sandhu shot in the middle of the field off a penalty corner in the 42nd minute that was stopped by Stallman. After that shot from Sandhu the Jumbos looked to regain the possession edge.
In the 51st minute, Salamone collected the ball on her stick off a Schoeni shot that was just blocked and she lofted a shot over Ferrucci to give Tufts a 2-0 edge. The goal by Salamone was her second of the year.
Bowdoin came back in the 56th minute with a penalty corner from Brinne, who passed the ball into freshman midfielder Claudia Kriz, but the shot was stopped again by Stallman. Krikorian and Del Priore had good looks at the goal that were stopped by Ferrucci in the 59th and 60th minute respectively.
Polar Bear junior forward Emma Stevens in the 66th minute was aggressive to the ball and found the back of the cage to cut the Jumbo lead in half at 2-1. The goal by Stevens was her NESCAC leading 20th goal of the season. There were no more shots attempted in the final four minutes as the Jumbo defense clamped down on the Bowdoin attack.
For the game, Tufts outshot Bowdoin 13 (eight on goal) to 10 (seven on goal). Ferrucci led the game with five saves and Stallman had four key stops on Polar Bear shots. The Jumbos attempted eight penalty corners to Bowdoin's six. The brown and blue received two green cards in the contest. Tutoni had a game-high three shots on goal.
The Jumbos will next play on Saturday as they host a NESCAC Quarterfinal game against Amherst at 1 pm. The Polar Bears will travel to three-seed Williams on Saturday in their NESCAC Quarterfinal contest.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello