Field Hockey Improves to 2-0 in NESCAC with 5-0 win over Connecticut College

MEDFORD - The Tufts field hockey team combined outstanding defense with a high powered attack as they topped New England Small College Athletic Conference opponent Connecticut College, 5-0 on Saturday afternoon at Ounjian Field.

Hanaa Malik scored her first goal of the seaosn for the Jumbos

The win improved the Jumbos record to 2-1 and 2-0 in conference play, while the visiting Camels fell to 1-3 after the loss and 0-2 in the NESCAC.

Senior co-captain Mary Kate Patton put the Jumbos on the board just five minutes into the game with her first goal of the season, an unassisted goal that put Tufts up for good.

The Jumbos' second goal of the game came just around the 20-minute mark after a shot from Erin Sanders was saved and a shot by Mary Travers was blocked. The rebound came out towards the top of the circle right to Celia Lewis and she ripped a shot past the goalie for her second goal of the season.

Tufts was able to score a third goal before the end of the first half and it came just minutes after their second. In the 23rd minute, Lewis took a shot from the top of the circle that was deflected in by Hanaa Malik for her first goal of the season.

The Camels got their first real scoring opportunity late in the first half when Courtney Peyko took a shot off of a penalty corner that missed high.

Just two minutes into the second half the Jumbos used their tip skills yet again when Patton took a shot that appeared to be going wide before it was deflected past Connecticut College goalie Andi McGraw by Gigi Tutoni for her second goal of the season, putting the Jumbos up 4-0.

The fifth and final goal of the game came from junior Claire Trilling who took the ball herself into the circle and fired a shot over the defense and into the back of the net for her first goal of the season.

Tufts' defense played extremely well, only allowing one shot on goal that was saved by junior goalie Emily Polinski.  

The Jumbos finished with the advantage in shots (32-2) and penalty corners (15-1). McGraw finished with nine saves in the Camel goal. Polinski recorded her second shutout of the season.

The Camels will be back in action tomorrow against Colby for a 1 p.m. start time, while the Jumbos will be hosting again tomorrow in another NESCAC battle against Trinity at 1 p.m.

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Wirtten by Will Ferreira, Athletic Communications Intern