MEDFORD- Senior co-captain Gigi Tutoni earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors after scoring a total of five goals in three games, as Tufts Field Hockey went 3-0 in conference play last week.
Tutoni scored the game-winning goal in an 8-0 win over Wesleyan Tuesday night at Ounjian Field. During Homecoming weekend, the Jumbos' beat tough conference opponents No. 16 Amherst and No. 14 Hamilton. In a 3-2 overtime win against Amherst, Tutoni had both the game-tying goal, and game-winning goal in overtime. Defeating a tough Hamilton team 2-1 Sunday afternoon, Tutoni had the game-tying goal in the second half.
Her two goals against Wesleyan came early in the first half, as the Jumbos never looked back in the 8-0 win. Tutoni was a big factor in both come-from-behind wins last weekend. Trailing the Mammoths in the second half, she scored the game-tying goal with a little less than 20 minutes left to play. She redirected a shot that was chest high in front of the net evening the score at 2-2. In overtime, Tutoni capitalized early in the frame, scoring on an odd-numbered rush giving the Jumbos' the win.
Against Hamilton Sunday afternoon at Ounjian Field, Tufts found themselves playing from behind yet again. Early in the second half, Tutoni was able to clean up a rebound in front of net to tie the game at 1-1. This goal was important, as the Jumbos' would get the game-winning goal in the 54th minute off the stick of junior Rachel Hamilton.
With two game-winning goals, and two game-tying goals, Tutoni helped Tufts maintain their perfect record (8-0) and remain undefeated in NESCAC play (5-0). Head coach Tina Mattera's team sits at No. 3 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association DIII rankings.
This is Tutoni's first conference honor. The last player in the program to win NESCAC Player of the Week was in the 2016 season, when senior Annie Artz helped lead Tufts' to a conference championship win against Middlebury College 3-1.
Tutoni leads the Jumbos in points this season with a total of 12 and has a team-high six goals. In conference play, she is third overall with three game-winning goals and seventh overall with six total goals.
Tufts will be on the road this Saturday as they face No. 1 NESCAC opponent Middlebury.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Ryan Servant