WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The No. 12-ranked Williams College field hockey team takes to the road Saturday to battle for the 2018 NESCAC Tournament championship.
The Ephs (12-4) defeated Bowdoin 3-2 in a tournament quarterfinal last weekend after dispatching then No. 1 and unbeaten Middlebury, 4-2, earlier in the week. Williams will take on Tufts (15-1) in the NESCAC semifinals Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Middlebury (15-1) faces Trinity (12-4) in the other semifinal at 11 a.m. Saturday. The two semifinal winners will meet Sunday at 12 p.m. for the NESCAC Championship.
Here's a closer look at the four teams participating this weekend.
No. 3 Williams (12-4) is in the NESCAC Tournament for the eighth straight season, advancing to the semifinals for the third consecutive season with a 3-2 quarterfinal victory over No. 6 Bowdoin. Williams owns one of the top offenses in the league, scoring 46 goals this season. Senior Libby Dolan (Barrington, R.I.) is tied for sixth in the NESCAC in scoring with a team-high 28 points and 13 goals. Senior Meredith Wright (Duxbury, Mass.) ranks second in the conference with 11 assists. Junior Abby Lloyd (Hightstown, N.J.) and senior Emma Santucci (Rye, N.Y.) have split time in goal for the Ephs this season and have nearly identical goals against averages of 1.49 and 1.53, respectively. Tufts owns a 3-1 edge over Williams in NESCAC Tournament play. The two teams last met in the 2016 semifinals, with the Jumbos earning a 5-0 victory. The Jumbos were victorious against the Ephs in the regular-season contest at Tufts less than two weeks ago, winning 2-0.
Tufts (15-1), the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 7 Amherst, 2-0, in the quarterfinals to earn a semifinal berth for the fifth time in seven years. The Jumbos own two NESCAC titles, winning a championship in 2009 and 2016. Tufts boasts a solid defense, with a 0.56 goals against average and allowing nine goals this season. The Jumbos have won seven straight games, including six by shutout. Senior Gigi Tutoni (Newtown, Pa.) is the team's leading scorer with 10 goals, including five game-winners, and 20 points, while junior Marguerite Salamone(Yardley, Pa.) has handed out a team-best six assists. First-year Andie Stallman (Providence, R.I.) has played every game in the cage during Tufts' current seven-game win streak, allowing one goal. Tufts' lone setback this season was a 2-1 overtime loss at Middlebury.