Tufts Posts 4-0 Shutout of Springfield in NCAA Field Hockey Tournament

Tufts Posts 4-0 Shutout of Springfield in NCAA Field Hockey Tournament

Courtesy Tufts Sports Information

MEDFORD, Mass. - The Tufts University field hockey team scored two goals in each half en route to a convincing 4-0 win over Springfield College in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday at Bello Field.

Tufts, who improved to 17-1 overall after a first-round bye in the NCAA’s, finished the game with huge advantages of 44-4 in shots and 19-2 in penalty corners. The Jumbos advance to the NCAA quarterfinals on Sunday, when they host The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) at 1:00 on Bello. Springfield, the NEWMAC champion who won a first-round game over Keene State, ended their season with a 16-7 record. TCNJ won Saturday’s other second-round game at Tufts over Christopher Newport University, 6-0.

After over 25 minutes of scoreless play, Tufts scored twice in a one-minute span to take control of the game against Springfield. Sophomore Tamara Brown (Annandale, Va.) scored her 23rd goal of the season off an assist from junior Margi Scholtes (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) at 26:02. Brown then assisted on a goal by classmate Melissa Burke (Walpole, Mass.) at 27:01 for a 2-0 Jumbo lead.

The hosts went into halftime with a 17-3 margin in shots and 8-2 in penalty corners. Springfield first-year goalkeeper Alison McCarthy (North Andover, Mass.) had seven first-half saves. Pride senior Jane Kelleher (Chatham, Mass.) had the visitor’s lone shot on goal for the game in the first half, which was saved by Tufts first-year goalie Marianna Zak (Concord, Mass.).

In the second half, Tufts continued to dominate and attempted 27 shots. Junior Amanda Russo (Garden City, N.Y.) pushed the lead to 3-0 with an unassisted goal 17 minutes into the second half. Tufts then scored off a penalty corner opportunity for the third time in the game with less than six minutes remaining. Sophomore Tess Guttadauro (Carlisle, Mass.) tapped in a open shot with an assist to classmate Irene Lewnard (Westford, Mass.).

McCarthy finished with 15 saves in a solid performance for the Pride.