|Three of Gigi Tutoni's six goals have been game-winners|
MEDFORD - The No. 4 nationally ranked Tufts field hockey team finished their regular season with an overall record of 11-4 and a conference record of 8-2, giving them second place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) standings. The team will take on Bowdoin in their quarterfinal match-up on Saturday at 1:00 pm at Ounjian Field.
This season will mark Tufts' 15th straight season in which they made it to the NESCAC tournament and 16th appearance all-time. The Jumbos have compiled an 18-13 overall record in the tournament and have walked away as NESCAC champions twice (2009 and 2016).
Bowdoin finished the regular season with an overall record of 9-6 and a conference record of 5-5 that tied them with three other teams. After the tie-breakers they earned the seventh seed in the tournament. Bowdoin has quite an impressive post-season resume with an overall record of 30-9 in tournament play, while hoisting eight NESCAC championship trophies.
The Jumbos' offense has been led by senior Mary Travers (20 points) and juniors Hanaa Malik (15 points) and Gigi Tutoni (14 points). The impressive Tufts defense that is only allowing 0.72 goals per game is led by senior Ellexa Thomas, junior Issy Del Priore, and junior goalkeeper, Emily Polinski.
The Polar Bears have been led by sophomores Kara Finnerty and Emma Stevens who have recorded 25 and 15 points respectively. Bowdoin has scored an average of 2.5 goals per game while allowing 1.33 goals per game. Freshman goalie Maddie Ferrucci finished the regular season with 65 saves and a save percentage of .765.
"We are excited to be hosting the first round of NESCAC Tournament play," Tufts head coach Tina Mattera said. "Bowdoin has a very strong team so we are expecting it to be a great game. Having just played them we will be able to watch film and work on a few things we need to fix before Saturday. Every team in the NESCAC is very talented so we knew before the seeding was announced that whoever we play is going to be good. We are looking to improve our own game and play even better hockey than we did Wednesday night."
Last year Tufts earned the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC tournament and went on to win their second championship in a 3-1 win over Middlebury. The Jumbos then went on to the National Championship game where they fell to Messiah in a shoot-out.
Written by Will Ferreira, Athletic Communications Intern