Tutoni's Goal Helps Field Hockey Advance Past 4th-Ranked Babson in Overtime

BABSON PARK, Mass. – Senior co-captain Gigi Tutoni scored with 56 seconds left in the first overtime against 4th-ranked Babson as the Jumbo field hockey team beat the Beavers 2-1 in a thriller at MacDowell Field Tuesday night.

Rachel Hamilton put Tufts on the board with a penalty stroke

With the win, the Jumbos improve to 2-0 on the season and will be hosting conference opponent Bates this Saturday at Ounjian Field. Babson loses for the first time this season and falls to 4-1. They will be playing this weekend against conference opponent MIT in Cambridge.

The 8th-ranked Jumbos once again showed the pressure they can apply on opposing defenses. They out-shot the Beavers 5-1 in the first half. However, the lone goal would come off the stick of Babson's Lauren Curley in the 20th minute of play. Curley received a tip pass off the stick of teammate Tori Roche and ripped it into the back of the net to give the Beavers the first half lead 1-0. This is how the score would remain going into the second half, although Tufts wouldn't go down easily.

Like the first half, the Jumbos continuously were in the Beavers' defensive zone in the second, and it seemed only a matter of time before things would cave in for Babson. With a little more than 10 minutes left to play, the Jumbos finally got on the board from a penalty stroke goal scored by Rachel Hamilton. The pressure was too heavy, as the Beavers were forced to foul inside the penalty circle. Hamilton remained cool and collected, tying the game in the 59th minute.

Nearing the end of the second half, Babson's Lauren Drakeley received a yellow card after a foul she committed, giving Tufts a one-person advantage until the end of regulation. Once again, shots came flying off the sticks of Jumbo players, but Babson goalkeeper Cassidy Riley made sure the game would head to overtime.

A minute into overtime, Tutoni ripped a shot towards the upper portion of the goal which looked promising. However, Riley blocked the shot and robbed Tutoni of a goal early on with a stick save at the crossbar. With a mixture of both penalty corners and shots, Tufts had a majority of the possession in overtime.  

Nearing the end of the period, Tufts made one final run at goal. A penalty corner caused pure pandemonium with roughly a minute left to play. This resulted in a shot by Tufts' Sophie Schoeni, which was saved by Riley, but dispersed back out and sent to a waiting Tutoni who netted the game-winner.

As a team, the Jumbos had a total of 19 shots compared to the Beavers' three (the Jumbos had six alone in overtime). The Jumbos had 10 penalty corners while the Beavers had none, and Babson goalkeeper Cassidy Riley had 10 saves total while Tufts goalkeeper Emily Polinski had one. Both Tutoni and Hamilton had four shots each, and Beth Krikorian had three. Lauren Curley from Babson led the team with two shots.


Written by Athletic Communications Intern Ryan Servant