MEDFORD – Tufts University scored on three corners and held MIT without a shot on goal until late in the fourth quarter as the Jumbos earned a 4-0 non-conference field hockey victory over MIT on Tuesday night at Ounjian Field.
Seniors Melissa Manzello, Marin Waddington and Sophie Schoeni (pictured) scored goals in the first half to give the Jumbos a healthy advantage. It was the first career goal for both Manzello and Waddington, and just the second for Schoeni (first since freshman season).
Manzello's goal came on Tufts' first corner opportunity seven minutes into the game. After inserting, she went to the left post while a shot by Reegan McClusey was saved by MIT's Juliana Strother. Schoeni directed the rebound to Manzello for a 1-0 Tufts lead.
An outstanding individual effort by Waddington gave Tufts a 2-0 margin. She took the ball along the end line on the right side of the goal and just kept going straight to the cage where she flicked a shot that just crossed over the goal line in the eighth minute of the period.
With under two minutes to go in the half, the Jumbo lead increased to three on a penalty corner. Manzello inserted to Reegan McCluskey on the far side, and she fired a pass across the circle to Schoeni who drilled the ball inside the left post.
After limited possession in the first half, MIT would come to life in the third quarter. They earned five corners in the period and had their best opportunity to score when a shot by Ashley Lederman went just wide of the left post late in the frame.
The Jumbos would get one more five minutes into the fourth when Beth Krikorian took Manzello's insert on a corner at the top of the circle and drilled home her first goal of the season.
MIT (3-2) would get three shots on goal late in the fourth against Tufts' third goalie Emma Smith. She made saves to earn a share of the shutout with starter Andie Stallman as well as junior Sam Gibby. Strother and Kiely Smiga-McManus both recorded three stops in the MIT cage.
Tufts (2-0) finished with advantages of 14-7 on shots and 7-6 on corners. The victory was a measure of revenge for a 1-0 Jumbo loss to the Engineeers the last time the teams played in 2019.