Strong Defensive Play Highlights Field Hockey Season-Opening Win at Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine – Tufts University opened up NESCAC field hockey play on the road against Colby College, defeating the Mules 2-0 at Bill Alfond Field Saturday.

Senior goalkeeper Emily Polinski collected her first win of the season

This was the Jumbos' season opener, as they start off 1-0. Colby won their season opener against Husson University 6-0, but with the loss today fall to 1-1 on the season. Goals from sophomore Beth Krikorian and senior Hanaa Malik helped lift the Jumbos past the Mules. Senior goalkeeper Emily Polinski posted a shutout for the Jumbos with a total of two saves in 70 minutes of action.

From the get-go, the Jumbos were dominant in the possession game, and were not afraid to throw the ball at net. This pressure led to a Tufts corner and the first goal scored by Krikorian, with the assist going to junior Marguerite Salamone, in the 14th minute of play.

Tufts was leading in all offensive categories across the board at the half. They outshot the Mules 8-1, had six shots on goal compared to Colby's zero and had five penalty corners compared to Colby's one. The Mules' goalkeeper Riley Whitmyer did make five saves, doing a good job standing her ground in net.

Starting the second half, the Jumbos looked to pick up where they left off, which they did. Just a minute and 50 seconds into play, Malik put the Jumbos on the board for the second time, extending the lead to 2-0. Malik, who posted a total of 15 points last season (2nd highest on the team), continued where she left off from a year ago.

Pressure in the Mules' defensive end led to a string of Jumbo penalty corners not long after the goal, as it seemed Tufts was going to score another at any moment. However, the Jumbos couldn't capitalize on those opportunities.

For Tufts, they finished the game with a total of 18 shots (12 of which were on goal). They had 16 penalty corners and got a shutout from their goalkeeper Polinski. Gigi Tutoni led the team with three shots. Malik, Issy Del Priore, Julia Todesco, Brigid Gliwa and Rachel Hamilton all had two shots. Freshmen Marin Waddington, Sophie Schoeni and Gillian Roeca all saw their first collegiate minutes.

For Colby, goaltender Riley Whitmyer faced a heavy workload, and finished the game with 10 saves. Georgia Cassidy lead the Mules in shots, with three total.    

The Jumbos came to play, both offensively and defensively, and started the 2018 season on a great note. They look to continue their success this Tuesday, as they play at Babson with a 6:00 PM start time. Colby hosts Thomas College on Tuesday at 7 pm.

Written by Athletic Communications intern Ryan Servant