#12 Tufts University 5, Connecticut College 1
Gaffny Scores Fourth Goal of Season for Camels
MEDFORD, Mass. -(Tufts Sports Information) In a game that was tied 0-0 at halftime, the 12th ranked Tufts field hockey team scored five times in the second half on their way to a 5-1 victory over Connecticut College in NESCAC action on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
Five different Jumbos scored goals as the hosts improved to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in NESCAC with their third straight win. Senior co-captain Taylor Dyer (Windham, N.H.) had a goal and an assist to lead Tufts, including a penalty-stroke goal.
Visiting Connecticut College lost its third in a row, falling below .500 to 4-5 overall and to 1-5 in the league.
First year goalie Becca Napolitano (Hamden, Conn.) led a strong effort by the visiting Camels in the first half, making four saves. Tufts had advantages of 10-3 in shots and 6-4 in corners for the first 35 minutes, but upset-minded Connecticut College went to intermission even at 0-0.
The Jumbos broke the tie quickly in the second half, scoring twice in the first eight minutes. Senior co-captain Lindsay Griffith (Wilmington, Del.) tallied on a rebound just 2:32 into the period for her fourth goal in the last two games. Five minutes later, junior Kelsey Perkins (Barrington, R.I.), Dyer and junior Rachel Gerhardt (Worcester, Mass.) executed perfectly on a corner, with Gerhardt's blast from the top of the circle slamming into the back of the goal for a 2-0 Tufts lead.
The Jumbos tacked on two more goals, exteding their lead to to 4-0. The Camels broke up the shutout bid in the 67th minute of action when sophomore Andrea Hoisington (Brownsville, Vt.) fed a pass to senior Lauren Gaffny (North Andover, Mass.) in front and she finished for her fourth goal of the year.
Just 42 seconds later, the Jumbos added a fifth goal to put the game out of reach.
Tufts finished with a 32-10 advantage in shots, including 22-7 in the second half. The final count on penalty corners was much closer, with the Jumbos owning a 12-10 edge. Napolitano finished with 13 saves for the Camels, including nine in the second half. Zak made five saves for Tufts.
The Jumbos have the week off until facing Williams next Saturday on Homecoming Day. Connecticut College has Wellesley next on Wednesday at 4:30 pm.
October 8, 2011