Medford, Mass. - The No. 12-ranked Trinity College field hockey team dropped a 3-1 matchup at No. 2-ranked Tufts University on Sunday afternoon at Ounjian Field. The Bantams fall to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play while the Jumbos improve to 3-1 on the year and 3-0 in conference play. Trinity returns to action on Saturday, September 23, for a NESCAC game in Maine against Colby College.
Tufts applied pressure early, taking a lead just four minutes into the game on a goal from Gigi Tutoni (Newton, Pa.). The goal came off of a corner when Marguerite Salamone (Yardley, Pa.) inserted the ball to Celia Lewis (Houston, Texas) who passed it to Tutoni, who was then able to get a clean shot off and send it past Trinity senior goalie Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) for her third goal of the season.
The Jumbos offense was later able to produce two corners in a minute span, the second of which resulted in their second goal of the game. After the insert from Salamone, the Jumbos passed the ball around the circle until it ended up back in Salamone's possession. She sent the ball towards the net and Hanaa Malik (Summit, N.J.) was able to put a stick on it and deflect it in to put the hosts up 2-0.
Mary Travers (Princeton, N.J.) scored the third goal of the game for Tufts off a diving play where she was able to tip it in on a pass from Malik.
In the 49th minute, Trinity was awarded a penalty stroke after a lot of commotion in front of the net. Senior captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) fired a shot past Polinski for Trinity's first goal of the game, cutting Tufts lead to two. Tufts defense, however, held strong for the remainder of the game to seal the 3-1 victory.
The Jumbos finished with a 19-12 shot advantage earned nine penalty corners to Trinity's three. Both goalies finished the afternoon with eight saves.