MEDFORD – Senior Claire Foley became just the third player in Tufts University field hockey history to score four or more goals in a game on Tuesday night as she led the Jumbos to a 7-0 NESCAC victory against Wesleyan University at Ounjian Field.
Foley (pictured) matched Barb Sprague from 1979 as Jumbos who have scored four times. Together they stand behind single-game record holder Chelsea Yogerst, who tallied five against the University of New England in 2014. Foley also had an assist in tonight's game for nine total points, third all-time at Tufts.
Just three minutes into the game Foley got started when a Wesleyan defender turned the ball over right in front of the Cardinal cage. Foley made a move around Wesleyan keeper Caitlin Grant and tapped the ball into an open net. Tufts added a second first-quarter goal with a corner from Melissa Manzello to Beth Krikorian, who fired in a short from the top-left of the circle with 2:37 on the clock.
Jumbo senior Gillian Roeca earned the first of her three assists to Foley on the evening when she found her teammate wide open in front of the Wesleyan goal for a 3-0 Jumbo advantage 71 seconds in the second frame. Foley turned to playmaker for the fourth Jumbo goal less than three minutes later, taking the ball in front of the cage and passing to freshman Kylie Rosenquest at the right post. She scored her first collegiate goal for a 4-0 advantage.
Five goals would be scored in the game by Jumbos named Claire, as freshman Claire Gavin netted Tufts' sixth tally with 2:37 remaining in the half. Moving towards goal on the left side of the circle, she sent a beautiful lift-shot into the top far corner of the cage and Tufts led 5-0.
Foley reached a hat trick with her goal four minutes into the third quarter, then earned her fourth 2:16 into the fourth. Roeca assisted on both.
Wesleyan put a pair of shots on goal in the second half. One by Diana Schwarz from close proximity along the left goal line was saved by Tufts junior Sam Gibby. The other by Annabel Cincotta off the Cardinals' only corner of the game in the fourth quarter was stopped by Tufts' Emma Smith.
Tufts used three goalies for the third time in four games this season. Senior co-captain Andie Stallman started and played the first half to earn the victory. Grant stopped two shots in 37 minutes of action for Wesleyan. Kylie Nelson-Marois came on in the third quarter and made three saves.
The Jumbos finished with a 23-2 shots advantage and led 5-1 on corners. They have now scored 17 goals in their last three games including a 6-1 win over Endicott last Saturday and a 4-0 victory against MIT on September 14.