MEDFORD, MA – Tufts University (6-4/2-3 NESCAC) defeated Williams College (4-5/2-3 NESCAC) Wednesday night on Bello Field.
The Jumbos scored six unanswered goals in the first half to secure a lead over the Ephs that they would hold on to for the entire 60 minutes of play. The Ephs rallied late and despite outscoring Tufts 4-2 in the second half, Williams was never able to tie the score.
Tufts won the initial draw control and then possession continued to bounce back-and-forth with each squad committing several fouls before Calie Nowak netted the first goal of the game off a free position shot to give the Jumbos a 1-0 lead at 22:50. Nowak won the following draw control and the Jumbos put two more points on the board in the 10th minute of the half.
The Jumbos fired off three more goals before senior Micaela Dussel put the Ephs on the board with a free position goal sccored at 1:14. However, Tufts won the draw control and Brigid Bowser scored 15 seconds later. Williams headed into the break down 7-1.
The second half began with a successful draw control secured by senior Anne Rehfuss, which was followed by a shot from classmate Natalie Gill that was just barely saved by Tufts goalkeeper Audrey Evers. Minutes later a great play by Rehfuss would lead to a Tufts turnover and a ground ball pickup for Dussel.
Tufts scored their eighth goal at 21:32 during a man-up play that had resulted from an Eph yellow card. The Jumbos would score one more when Dakota Adamec placed a free position shot just out of reach of Eph goalkeeper Margaret Draper giving the Jumbos a 9-1 lead. However, the Ephs weren't done.
Junior Jenna Chodos won the next draw control for the Ephs and after a phenomenal save by Draper, sophomore Kate Pattison picked up the ground ball and raced down the field firing off a pass to first year Emma Tenbarge who dished it to Rehfuss who fed Chodos for the Ephs' second goal at 14:38. The Jumbos called timeout.
Chodos scored two more consecutive goals off assists from senior Alyssa Maddalone and Dussel putting the Ephs within five. In the final three minutes, Williams saw excellent goaltending from Draper and a free position shot from Rehfuss that found the top corner for the Ephs' fifth goal. The Ephs fought to the end but ultimately came up short with a final score of 9-5.
Williams head coach Chris Mason said after the game that her team needs to work on coming out strong. However, she credited her team's fight in the second half saying, "The defense did really well and the offense really came together and worked to be challenging towards the goal. Eliza Quigley came in and really added a spark in the second half and after being moved to offense, Jenna Chodos did a really good job."
Williams was led by Chodos who had three goals. Rehfuss and Dussel contributed two points each, one goal and one assist apiece. Draper played all 60 minutes in goal for the Ephs and made 11 saves. Pattison picked up three ground balls.
Three Tufts players each scored two goals. Caroline Ross led the Jumbos with four points on two goals and two assists. Evers played all 60 minutes in the goal making 6 saves.
The Ephs will face Little Three rival Wesleyan on Saturday, Aptil 9 at 12:00 PM in Middletown, Connecticut.