MEDFORD - The No. 5 Tufts field hockey team put on an offensive show on Wednesday as they downed non-conference opponent Gordon College 7-0 at Ounjian Field. Junior Hanaa Malik and freshman Kassidy Rogers-Healion each scored twice for the Jumbos.
|Kassidy Rogers-Healion scored her first and second career goals|
Tonight's win improved the Jumbos overall record to 8-3 (6-1 NESCAC), while the visiting Fighting Scots fell to 3-9 overall (1-6 CCC).
Tufts opened up the scoring quickly when Malik scored both of her goals within the first 10 minutes of the game. The first of her two goals came at the 3:23 mark after the 'Bos attack peppered Gordon goalie Julia Altman, and Malik was finally able to find the back of the cage for her fourth goal of the season. Her second goal came just over nine minutes into the game when Mary Travers inserted a corner to the top of the circle, the ball was riffled towards the cage by Celia Lewis and tipped in by Malik for her fifth goal of the season.
Just about 15 minutes later Tufts was able to get on the board again, off of another corner. The ball was inserted by Travers to Lewis at the top of the circle and she wasted no time, shooting a missile past the Scots' defense and into the back of the cage for her third goal of the season.
The Jumbos' fourth goal of the game came off yet another corner. This time the ball was inserted by Travers and swung around the circle until it ended up on the stick of Gigi Tutoni, who scored on a pass from Claire Trilling for her fourth goal of the season.
With just 12 seconds remaining in the first half, Tufts was able to score their fifth goal of the game on the Jumbos' seventh corner of the evening. This time it was Trilling for her second goal of the season on an assist from Travers, as the hosts took a 5-0 lead into halftime.
Tufts would score two more times in the second half, both goals by the freshman forward Rogers-Healion for the first and second goals of her young career. Her goals came in the 50th and 56th minutes of the game and were both assisted by Shannon Yogerst for her first two points of the season as well.
The one bright side of the evening for the Fighting Scots was the outstanding defensive plays by junior Briana Kowolenko, who recorded three defensive saves for Gordon.
Tufts came away with the advantage in shots (48-0) and in penalty corners (14-0) while Tufts goalies Emily Polinski and Samantha Ward did not record a save. Gordon goalie Julia Altman had her work cut out for her as she made a career-high 20 saves.
The Fighting Scots will play again on Friday as they travel to Nichols for a conference match-up that is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. The Jumbos will play again on Saturday as they travel to Bates for a conference game set to start at 12 p.m.
Written by Will Ferreira, Athletic Communications Intern