HARTFORD, Conn. – Sophomore Alexis Chauvette scored the game-winning goal as the No. 3 Tufts field hockey team beat No. 15 NESCAC opponent Trinity College 1-0 Sunday afternoon on the road at Sheppard Field.
|Sophomore Alexis Chauvette scored the game-winning goal|
With the win, the Jumbos improve to 11-1 on the season, and 7-1 in conference play. Tufts will be back home this Wednesday, as they play non-conference opponent Haverford at 5 pm. The Bantams fall to 9-4 on the season, and 5-4 in conference play. They will be back in action next weekend, as they host non-conference opponent Wellesley Saturday at 12 pm.
In a defensive stalemate, both teams had difficulties creating separation in the first half on offense. The Jumbos, who average 24 shots a game, found themselves with only one at the end of the period. This would be the summary for each team, as there were no shots put up in the first 17 minutes of action.
Trinity found themselves in their own end for a decent chunk of the frame, but wouldn't allow much in front of goalkeeper Lori Berger who has started every game for the Bantams. Both teams would finish the period with one shot and one penalty corner while neither goalie faced a shot on goal.
As the second half started, the field started to open up and each team started to get quality chances towards goal. Early on the Jumbos had an opening towards net. Senior Gigi Tutoni threw a high shot on Berger, who batted it out of the air and out of bounds diminishing that opportunity. Shortly after, Trinity had a chance of their own. Tufts freshman goalkeeper Andie Stallman, who made her third start in a row, came out of the net aggressively towards Trinity forward Kendall Brown who chipped it past her putting the Jumbos in a tough spot. Senior co-captain Fallon Shaughnessy, who has been a big part of the Jumbo's defense this season, was on the line to clear it out with a defensive save to keep the score even at 0-0.
The Jumbos applied pressure in the Bantams' end which resulted in multiple penalty corners. In the 55th minute, Tufts finally broke through. Junior Marguerite Salamone set up shop for another corner, and passed it to junior Rachel Hamilton towards the top of the circle. Hamilton sent it to her right to Schoeni, who put a shot towards net that was deflected in front by Chauvette and it went past Berger into the top of the cage for a 1-0 Jumbo lead. The goal was Chauvette's first of her collegiate career. This would prove to be the winning goal, as Tufts completed a weekend sweep in Connecticut.
Tufts finished the game with seven shots and seven penalty corners. The Bantams had just three shots, and two penalty corners. Tutoni led the Jumbos with three shots. Stallman didn't face a shot and in her third straight game got a shutout. Berger had three saves for Trinity.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Ryan Servant