MEDFORD, Mass. – The Connecticut College field hockey team fell to No. 6 Tufts by an 8-0 score on Saturday afternoon at Ounjian Field.
Tufts (11-2, NESCAC 7-1) set the tone early by scoring two goals in the opening four minutes and just 2:26 apart. Following a failed clear attempt by the Camel defense, Gillian Roeca fired a shot from the right corner that sophomore Jackie Mountford (Sherborn, Mass.) initially saved before potting her own rebound at the 1:30 mark. Rachel Hamilton then factored into three consecutive goals heading into the break by rocketing home a pass off a penalty corner from Marguerite Salamone inside the near left post and setting up a pair of markers in the second quarter. The Jumbos carried a 4-0 lead into the break and more than enough insurance to come away with their 11th win of the season.
Led by Roeca's hat trick, Tufts had a 24-5 advantage in total shots and a 5-2 edge in penalty corners. Andie Stallman picked up the win between the pipes by making two saves in nearly 25 minutes of action before Emma Smith and Samantha Gibby split duties for the remainder of the game. Mountford was charged with the loss for the Camels, and junior Andi McGraw (Sheffield, Mass.) made a strong effort by redirecting six shots during the second half.
Connecticut College (2-10, NESCAC 0-8) will wrap up non-conference action when it travels to Roger Williams on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.