|Marguerine Salamone tied the game for Tufts.|
WILLIAMSTOWN – Senior Marguerite Salamone and junior Beth Krikorian scored goals barely two minutes apart in the fourth quarter to give the second-ranked Tufts University field hockey team a 2-1 NESCAC win at #11 Williams College in the season-opener for both teams on Saturday.
New this season, collegiate field hockey has switched to four 15-minute quarters from the two 35-minute halves that were played previously. The Jumbos (1-0) and Ephs (0-1) played scoreless through three quarters before combining for three goals in the final seven minutes.
Tufts trailed 1-0 when Williams' Addie Sidles scored off an assist from Claire Fitzpatrick with 6:19 remaining in the fourth. However, Salamone evened the game just 28 seconds later with 5:52 on the clock. Then Krikorian netted the game-winner with 3:23 remaining in regulation.
The teams combined for just three shots on goal in the first half, with Jumbo sophomore goalkeeper Andie Stallman saving the Ephs' two attempts. Williams had three penalty corners in the second quarter, but could not capitalize and it was 0-0 at the half. Tufts had two corners at the break.
The action picked up in the third. During a penalty corner opportunity late in the period, Tufts had shots from Salamone, freshman Reegan McCluskey and senior Julia Todesco saved by Williams' Abby Lloyd. Stallman had made two early saves for the Jumbos and Tufts withstood a pair of green cards also in the third.
Williams would then earn four corners in the first three and half minutes of the fourth quarter. They had shots get blocked and go wide. The Jumbos then had a high shot off a corner by senior Rachel Hamilton saved by Lloyd.
The hosts would break the stalemate when Sidles took a pass from Fitzpatrick and put it in the back of the net notching her first collegiate goal.
However, the Jumbos answered back quickly. A shot by Krikorian was knocked away by Lloyd, but Salamone was there for the rebound with a shot into the top corner. Krikorian then took the ball past the Eph defense and scored the eventual game-winning goal 2:29 later.
Williams would receive a final corner with under three minutes remaining, but Stallman's fifth and final save of the game on a shot by Elizabeth Welch preserved the victory.
The host Ephs earned slight edges in shots (11-9) and penalty corners (10-8) for the game. Lloyd recorded six saves in the Williams net.
Tufts plays its home opener at Ounjian Field on Thursday versus Endicott at 5 pm. The Ephs' next game will be another NESCAC matchup next Saturday at Wesleyan with a noon start.
Parts of recap courtesy of Williams College