Third-Ranked Field Hockey Rallies for 2-1 Win over #20 Endicott

MEDFORD - Down 1-0, the #3 Tufts University field hockey team scored twice in the fourth quarter to overcome upset-minded Endicott College 2-1 in a non-conference game at Ounjian Field on Thursday.

Sophomore Claire Foley had assists on both Tufts goals.

Endicott (3-1), the 20th-ranked team in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, had taken a 1-0 lead in the first quarter on a goal by senior tri-captain Kristen McCarthy during a penalty corner opportunity. The visitors made the lead stand until the fourth quarter, when Jumbo junior Alexis Chauvette and sophomore Gillian Roeca scored to give Tufts the win. Sophomore Claire Foley assisted both goals for Tufts (2-0).

Tufts dominated the second half, out-shooting the Gulls 12-0 and earning seven corners compared to none for the vistiors. However, they couldn't find a great scoring chance in the third quarter despite getting five corner opportunities.

The Jumbos broke through in the fourth. Foley intercepted a ball near midfield and drove into the Endicott end. She sent a pass to Chauvette in the middle of the circle and her shot beat Endicott junior goalie Taylor Farrin inside the left post with 9:48 remaining in regulation to tie the game at 1-1.

Farrin would make three saves in the next seven minutes as Tufts continued its onslaught. With overtime looming, Tufts senior Marguerite Salamone sent a pass to Foley in front. With her back to to the cage, she turned a put a shot on Farrin that was saved. Roeca scored on the rebound amidst a scramble at the right post for the game-winner with just 1:12 on the clock.

This marked the second straight game that the Jumbos came from behind to win in the fourth quarter. They trailed 1-0 in their season and conference opener at Williams College on Saturday before scoring twice late to win 2-1.

Endicott had played evenly with the Jumbos in the first half and earned a 1-0 lead 12 miuntes into the game. Junior Lauren Whitney inserted the corner to sophomore Abby Carter up top. She handed it left to sophomore Sydney Poulin who fed it along to McCarthy in the top left part of the circle. McCarthy sent it home for her third goal of the season.

Shots were 8-3 Tufts and corners were 5-3 Tufts after 30 minutes, but the Jumbos would be relentless in the second half. They finished with overall advantages of 20-3 in shots and 12-3 in corners. Sophomore goalie Andie Stallman made one save in the winning effort for Tufts. Tarrin was good for the Gulls with eight saves.

Tufts remains at home to host Rochester on Sunday at noon. Endicott continues non-league action against NESCAC with a home game versus Bates on Sunday at 1 pm.

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