#3 Field Hockey's Early Goals Lead to 3-1 Home Win over #14 Rochester

MEDFORD – The third-ranked Tufts University field hockey team scored twice early and went on to a 3-1 victory over #14 University of Rochester in non-conference action between national top 15 teams Sunday at Ounjian Field.

Melissa Manzello and the Tufts defense did not allow a shot until the second half.

The Jumbos improve to 3-0 overall while Rochester falls to 3-3.

Tufts dominated for most of the game. The Jumbos got goals from sophomore Gillian Roeca and junior Claire Foley in the first seven minutes. The Yellowjackets did not have a shot until the third quarter, and then picked it up in the fourth when they got on the board with a sophomore Leona Fisher tally.

The hosts finished the game with a 20-5 advantage in shots and 7-2 in corners.

Roeca netted her second of the season just 4:13 into the game when junior Beth Krikorian found her at right post for a 1-0 Jumbo lead. Less than three minutes later, Tufts was up 2-0 when Foley scored on the rebound of a Krikorian shot 7:10 into the first quarter.

After scoreless second and third quarters that saw Rochester senior goalie Kate Kujawa make six saves (five in the third), both teams scored in the fourth.

During a penalty corner chance, Chauvette was in the right spot for a loose ball and tucked it inside the right post for her second goal in as many games with 11:42 on the third-quarter clock.

Rochester put five shots towards goal in the fourth and capitalized on a hustle play by Fisher to break the shutout. Senior Amanda Guido sent a dart into the middle from well outside the circle and Fisher won a challenge against the Tufts goalie and a defender to deflect the ball into the cage with 4:13 remaining.

The Yellowjackets kept up the pressure for the next few minutes, but were unable to get any closer.

Kujawa finished with 11 saves for the visitors. Sophomore Andie Stallman and freshman Emma Smith split halves in the Tufts goal with Stallman earning the win.

In victories against Williams and Endicott to start the season, Tufts scored twice in the fourth quarter to overcome 1-0 deficits. Today their first-quarter goals keyed the victory.

Tufts plays at MIT on Wednesday night and Rochester is at New Paltz next Saturday.