MEDFORD – Three Jumbo players collected two goals each as the No. 3 field hockey team got back into the win column with an 8-0 win over non-conference opponent Wellesley College Wednesday night at Ounjian Field.
|Freshman Gillian Roeca had two goals and two assists in the win|
With the win, the Jumbos improve to 9-1 on the season and 6-0 at home. The Jumbos will be on the road this weekend as they face conference opponent Connecticut College Saturday afternoon with a 12 pm start. Wellesley falls to 4-8 on the season, and will be back in action Saturday, as they host conference opponent Springfield at 1 pm.
Freshman goalkeeper Andie Stallman made her first collegiate start for Tufts, while freshman midfielder Claire Foley made her first start as well for Tufts. Wellesley freshman goalkeeper Janelle Sullivan made her third start of the season.
Starting the first half, the Jumbos had most of the possession and were creating chances early on. Off of a penalty corner, junior Rachel Hamilton ripped a shot towards net, but Cecie Negron for the Blue had an incredible defensive save to keep the score tied.
However, Tufts wouldn't let up after that moment. In the sixth minute, senior co-captain Gigi Tutoni got the Jumbos on the board, following up her own rebound and putting it past Sullivan. Just two minutes later, Tufts would strike again. Hamilton dribbled past Wellesley defenders and centered a ball to freshman Gillian Roeca who scored from right in front, netting her first collegiate goal. In the 20th minute, the pressure started to mount again and the Blue found themselves stuck in their own end. Tutoni, who scored the first goal, was able to put another ball past Sullivan for her eighth goal of the season, giving the Jumbos a 3-0 lead. In the 23rd minute, off of yet another penalty corner, junior Marguerite Salamone sent a pass to Hamilton who drilled a shot towards net that slipped past Sullivan making it 4-0.
Following the sequence above, Wellesley made a change at goal replacing Sullivan and putting in senior Maggie Connelly. She would make a few nice saves and heading into half it was still a 4-0 game.
Tufts' Roeca continued to cause havoc in the second half, as the Blue found themselves stuck in their own zone yet again. The freshman was responsible for four shots in a little under two minutes, where two of them were saved, one was blocked, and one ended up getting by Connelly for a 5-0 lead. Foley had the assist.
Heading into late second half, the Jumbos wouldn't let up. A penalty corner in the 62nd minute would give the Jumbos a 7-0 lead. Roeca, who collected six points total (two goals, two assists), took the penalty corner and passed it to the top to a waiting Brigid Gliwa. The junior flicked the ball high into the air and was able to chip it past Connelly for the goal. With a little under two minutes left to play, junior Julia Todesco got on the board, scoring her second goal of the season with the assist going to junior Shannon Yogerst for the 8-0 final score.
The Jumbos had a total of 47 shots, while 27 of those were on goal. They had a total of nine penalty corners, while Wellesley had none. Sullivan had four saves while Connelly had 14. Stallman didn't face a shot, and collected the first shutout of her collegiate career.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Ryan Servant