FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Traveling by air for non-conference action at Mary Washington University from the Capital Athletic Conference on Saturday afternoon, the No. 5 ranked Tufts University field hockey team defeated the No. 14 Eagles in an overtime thriller, 1-0. Sophomore Rachel Hamilton scored the game-winner for the Jumbos.
|Rachel Hamilton scored the game winning goal in OT for the Jumbos|
With 7:07 left in the first overtime, after a scramble in front of the cage, Tufts' Hamilton scored on a Fallon Shaughnessy assist for the game-winner. The goal marked Hamilton's second of the season. Host UMW falls to 5-3 on the season while the Jumbos improved to 4-2. This was Tufts' second OT contest of the season and their first win in extra time.
In the first half, the Eagles put the first shot of the game on goal, by Allegra Massey-Elim, but Jumbo goalie Emily Polinski saved it. Tufts would take the remaining five shots of the first half, but put only one on goal. They also had two corners in the first 35 minutes while not allowing one by the hosts. One Jumbo corner resulted in a shot by Amanda Weeks that was high.
Mary Washington opened the second half with a succession of six corners, but Polinski saved two shots and the Jumbo defense blocked two others. A pair of Jumbo corners around 15 minutes into the second half resulted in four shots that were saved by UMW goalkeeper Jessica Cavolt.
The Jumbos had the better of the play in the overtime session, including an early shot by Marguerite Salamone that was saved. Tufts took the lone penalty corner of OT and a little more than a minute later they scored their goal.
Tufts led in shots on the day, 15-7, and UMW held an 8-7 advantage in penalty corners. UMW goalkeeper Cavolt had nine saves, while Tufts' Polinski had four stops for the Jumbos. The shutout is her third of the year and 17th of her career.
This was the second year in a row that Tufts and Mary Washington met during the regular season. The Jumbos took a 2-0 victory against the Eagles in Medford last September.
Mary Washington will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Catholic University at 4:00 p.m. Tufts' next match-up is a conference tilt at Wesleyan this coming Tuesday with a 6:00 pm start time.