MEDFORD - The No. 2 Tufts University field hockey team picked up their first win of the season in a 3-0 victory over New England Small College Athletic Conference opponent Colby on Saturday at Ounjian Field.
|Mary Travers picked up a goal and an assist today for the Jumbos|
Both the Jumbos (1-0) and the Mules (0-2) were playing their season openers.
Tufts' first goal came just under 20 minutes into the game when the team had numerous penalty corners and were finally able to capitalize on one. Marguerite Salamone inserted the ball to Claire Trilling who rifled a shot from the top of the circle that got redirected on a tip by Mary Travers and found its way into the back of the net.
Then in the 28th minute, the Jumbos kept the ball in the circle for an extended period of time, peppering Colby goalie, Riley Whitmyer multiple times before Gigi Tutoni finally found the back of the net on a pass from Travers that put the Jumbos up 2-0, a lead they ended up taking into halftime.
Tufts came out hot early in the second half when they got their first corner just 30 seconds in. They were unable to capitalize, but were able to dominate the time of possession before scoring their third goal of the afternoon in the 50th minute. This one was scored by Rachel Hamilton and assisted by Marguerite Salamone.
The backline of Tufts, led by senior co-captain Ellexa Thomas, came to play today as they only allowed nine shots and four of which were on goal. Mules sophomore Georgia Cassidy led the visitors with three shots, including one on goal.
The Jumbos finished with the advantage in shots (26-9), and penalty corners (16-7), while Whitmyer made eight saves in goal for the Mules and junior goalie Emily Polinski had four for Tufts.
The Mules return to play next Wednesday when they travel to Thomas (ME) for an 8 pm start. The Jumbos take the field again on Tuesday at home against Babson where the start time will be 5 pm.
Written by Will Ferreira, Athletic Communications Intern