MEDFORD – Freshman Claire Foley scored her second game-winning goal in her last two games, leading the No. 3 Jumbos field hockey team to a 2-0 win over NESCAC opponent No. 16 Williams College Saturday afternoon on Seniors Day at Ounjian Field.
|Claire Trilling was one of six seniors recognized prior to the game's start|
With the win, the Jumbos improve to 13-1 overall and 8-1 in NESCAC play. Tufts will be on the road for their final regular-season NESCAC game this Wednesday as they face No. 11 Bowdoin College at 6 pm. Williams falls to 10-4 with the loss and 6-3 in conference play. Their final NESCAC game will be played against No. 1 Middlebury at home Tuesday at 6:30 pm.
In the first half, both teams had quality chances, where the fast-paced environment benefitted each offense. The Jumbos, who haven't allowed a shot on goal in their previous four games, surrendered two in the first half. Freshman goalkeeper Andie Stallman early on had one of her three total saves on a chance from forward Libby Dolan for the Ephs. Dolan created separation and took the ball towards the end line, placing an odd-angled shot on Stallman that was kicked away. Shortly after, Meredith Wright for the Ephs had a key chance heading towards the net, putting a shot that was deflected in front which slipped past Stallman to a waiting Issy Del Priore who cleared it from the back for the defensive save.
As the half progressed, there became a fight for possession. Williams had back-to-back penalty corners which got broken up immediately by pursuing Jumbo defenders. Tufts started to increase their pressure, which ended up creating more chances in front of Williams goalkeeper Emma Santucci. Towards the end of the frame, the Jumbos almost took advantage of a late-half penalty corner. Junior Rachel Hamilton had a sequence where she placed four shots on net, where three were saved and one was blocked, all coming in a brief moment. Santucci helped her team remain tied at 0-0 coming up with big saves.
Starting the second half, the Ephs made a change at goal replacing Santucci and putting in Abby Lloyd. The Jumbos, who have been lethal in the second half of contests, showed again today the power of their offense. Hamilton in the 41st minute dribbled past Eph defenders, starting near mid-field and towards the penalty circle she left a pass for sophomore Beth Krikorian. Krikorian ripped a shot on net that was blocked in front of Lloyd. Foley, who was planted in front of net, broke open the scoring by finding the loose ball and putting it past Lloyd.
A little under nine minutes later, the Jumbos struck again. Senior co-captain Gigi Tutoni controlled another loose ball, this time at the top of the circle barely facing towards goal, and lofted it past Lloyd for a 2-0 Tufts lead.
This would be the final score, as the Jumbos have shut out their last five opponents. Stallman had three saves in the win for the Jumbos, while Santucci and Lloyd combined for a total of eight for Williams. Tufts had 28 shots, while Williams had six. Penalty corners were in favor of the Jumbos, as they finished with 13 while Williams had three.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Ryan Servant