|Goalie Marianna Zak was one of four seniors honored on Saturday
MEDFORD - The Tufts University field hockey team rode a five-goal halftime lead to an easy 6-0 win over Williams College in NESCAC action on Homecoming Day Saturday.
Junior Lia Sagerman (LaJolla, CA) and senior co-captain Lindsay Griffith (Wilmington, DE) led the Jumbos with two goals each, while Griffith also added an assist. Junior Rachel Gerhardt (Worcester, MA) contributed a goal and two assists for Tufts.The Jumbos scored on four of 14 penalty corners as they dominated that area of play.
Sagerman scored her first goal on a rebound in front with 29:41 remaining in the first half to get the Jumbos going. Tufts then scored three straight goals on penalty corners. Griffith tipped a Gerhardt shot with 20:49 remaining to make it 2-0. Gerhardt then got in on the action blasting a Maggie Chapman (St. Louis, MO) pass short side for the goal with 18:22 left. Senior co-captain Taylor Dyer (Windham, NH) then took a Kelsey Perkins (Barrington, RI) pass off a corner and fired it home to put the Jumbos up 4-0. Then with 6:46 left in the first half, Griffith made a beautiful pass to a streaking Sagerman who went in all alone and deked Ephs goalie Ariana Spillotes for a pretty tally.
The half ended with a 5-0 Tufts lead. Tufts held Williams to only two shots while firing 19 shots of their own in the first 35 minutes. The Jumbos also held a 10-0 penalty-corner advantage for the first period.
The second half was a bit different as Williams was not going to quit. Williams pressed the Jumbos and won the corner advantage 6-4. However, the Jumbos were able to keep the Ephs at bay and earn their fifth shutout. Griffith scored her second goal tipping a Gerhardt shot off a corner to make it 6-0. The second half also featured two yellow cards as things got physical.
Senior Marianna Zak (Concord, MA) made four second-half saves to record her third solo shutout and the team's fifth this year. Spiliotes stopped eight shots in the Williams cage.
Zak, Dyer, Griffith and defender Sarah Cannon (Atkinson, NH) were honored on Seniors Day prior to the start of the game.
Tufts has now won four straight to improve to 9-2 overall and 5-2 in NESCAC. They play at Bates tomorrow in a noon start. Williams (4-6, 1-5) is also in action tomorrow at Connecticut College beginning at 1 pm.