Field Hockey

Field Hockey Holds #16-Ranked Tufts to 10 Shots but Comes Up Short on Scoreboard, 1-0

Tufts posted the game's lone goal with 4:28 remaining in the first half and it stood up as the game-winner as the visiting Jumbos secured a 1-0 decision over Wesleyan Sat., Sept. 15.   Wesleyan is right back on the turf Sun., Sept. 16, hosting another NESCAC rival, Hamilton.

Tufts broke the scoreless deadlock late in the opening period after taking an initial shot in close that was saved by Wesleyan goalie Tori Redding '13.  The ball stayed in the circle, bounding to the right side and was put back into the middle for a second chance, and this time Tufts found the net behind Redding for the 1-0 advantage.

Wesleyan had several solid scoring chances in the game, three coming off the stick of Taryn Murray '13, but each time the Tufts goalie was up for the challenge and made the stop.  Notable were an in-close sweep shot by Murray on the right side during the first half and a high shot from a sharp angle on the right with just six minutes remaining.  

Redding had seven saves in the Cardinal net as shots favored Tufts slightly, 10-7. Redding came out of her net to stop a break-away with 7:30 left to keep it a one-goal game. Tufts had much the better of it in penalty corners with eight while Wesleyan had just two, but the Cardinals, with strong defensive play from the likes of Taylor Wells '14 (#19, photo), Lilah Fones '15 and Anna Howard '15, helped keep the Jumbos' attack in check.

Wesleyan and Tufts are known for their tight contests over the years.  While the Jumbos own a 28-15 edge in the series, 32 of the last 33 meetings between the teams have been decided by two goals or less.