2009 NESCAC Field Hockey Championship
Sunday, Nov. 1
Saturday, Nov. 7
Sunday, Nov. 8
at No. 1 TRI 2, No. 8 CONN 1
at No. 1 TRI 2, No. 6 BOW 1
No. 2 TUF 3, at No. 1 TRI 2
at No. 2 TUF 2, No. 7 WES 0 No. 2 TUF 3, vs. No. 5 WIL 0
No. 6 BOW 3, at No. 3 AMH 0
No. 5 WIL 2, at No. 4 MID 1    
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Tufts Wins First NESCAC Field Hockey Title Over Trinity, 3-2

Tufts Wins First NESCAC Field Hockey Title Over Trinity, 3-2

Courtesy Trinity Sports Information

Box Score

HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior midfielder Jess Perkins (Barrington, R.I.) scored a pair of goals in the first half that helped her team a 3-0 lead at the break, and the second-seeded Tufts Jumbos held on for a 3-2 victory over top-seeded Trinity in the finals of the 2009 NESCAC Field Hockey Championship Sunday afternoon on Sheppard Field. Tufts wins the NESCAC crown for the first time, after falling in the league finals at home last fall, 1-0, against Bowdoin.

The Jumbos avenged a 2-1 loss in overtime to the Bantams during the regular season to improve to 16-1 with its sixth straight overall triumph, while the Bantams fall to 15-2 with the loss in their first-ever NESCAC finals appearance.

Tufts jumped on the Bantams immediately, scoring just 1:17 into the contest on a well-executed penalty corner opportunity. Perkins received the ball outside the top of the circle and passed to senior co-captain midfielder Amanda Roberts (Wenham, Mass.) on her right before darting back into the circle to receive a return feed from Roberts and quickly shoot past Bantam sophomore goalie Gina Dinallo (West Hartford, Conn.) for the game’s first goal. The Jumbos continued to generate scoring chances during regular play and on four other first-half penalty corners, while the Bantams managed just one shot in the first 18 minutes before the first of several rockets from the top of the circle by Bantam junior midfielder Robyn Williams (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) was saved off the leg of Tufts sophomore goalie Marianna Zak (Concord, Mass.) with 11:30 left before the half. The Bantams offense picked it up after that and nearly tied the score again moments later, but Zak stopped three consecutive Trinity shots on an ensuing possession.

Perkins struck again on a penalty corner, converting this time on an assist by senior co-captain Margi Scholtes (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) with 2:41 left in the half, and Tufts brought a 3-0 lead into intermission when junior forward Tamara Brown (Annandale, Va.) slapped in a pass across the cage from right to left by senior forward Michelle Kelly (Downington, Pa.) with 21 seconds on the clock.

The Jumbos maintained their lead and the momentum for the first half of the second stanza, but Williams broke the Trinity scoring drought with a shot from the top of the circle on a Bantam penalty corner with 12:33 remaining in the game. Bantam sophomore Payson Sword (Princeton, N.J.) initiated the corner to earn the assist, and tallied a second helper on a similar play with 9:22 left on the clock that pulled Trinity to within a goal at 3-2. Sword passed out to Bantam junior forward Christy Bradley (Wellesley, Mass.), who stopped the ball for Williams to blast past Zak and into the goal. Tufts defense held the Bantams off the rest of the way, however, as Zak made a key save on a shot from the left wing by Trinity senior co-captain forward Carrie Wolcott (Hamilton, Mass.) at the two-minute mark. Sword, Bradley, and Williams nearly tied the contest on the same play as the second goal with 1:15 remaining, as Williams’ shot made it through the defense but bounced wide left of the cage. Tufts kept possession for the final minute of play. Zak finished with eight saves and Dinallo had four of her five stops in the second half.

Quarterfinals - Sunday, November 1 at Higher Seeds

at No. 1 Trinity 2, No. 8 Connecticut College 1
at No. 2 Tufts 2, No. 7 Wesleyan 0
No. 6 Bowdoin 3, at No. 3 Amherst 0
No. 5 Williams 2, at No. 4 Middlebury 1

Semifinals - Saturday, November 7 at Trinity

at No. 1 Trinity 2, No. 6 Bowdoin 1
No. 2 Tufts 3, vs. No. 5 Williams 0

Championship - Sunday, November 8

No. 2 Tufts 3, at No. 1 Trinity 2


Quarterfinals - Sunday, November 1 at Higher Seeds
1:00 p.m.
No. 8 at No. 1
No. 7 at No. 2
No. 6 at No. 3
No. 5 at No. 4

Semifinals - Saturday, November 7 at Highest Remaining Seed
11:00 a.m./1:30 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining First Round Winners

Championship - Sunday, November 8
Semifinal Winners - 12:00 p.m.

The top eight teams in the conference will qualify for the NESCAC Field Hockey Championship.  Quarterfinal games will be conducted on Sunday, November 1, 2009 with the semifinals and championship games conducted on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, respectively.  The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. 

Seeding will be based on final conference standings of round robin play. Standings will be based on team winning percentages. Ties shall count as half a win.

The 8th seed will play at the 1st seed, the 7th seed will play at the 2nd seed, the 6th seed will play at the 3rd seed, and the 5th seed will play at the 4th seed.  Teams will be re-bracketed after first round games and the lowest remaining seed will face the highest remaining seed.

Pairings will be announced Friday, October 30.

Tie Breaking Procedures
Ties will be broken as follows:

Head-to-head result (if teams play each other more than once during the regular season, the game that appears on the league schedule will be the game that is counted).

If teams tied during the regular season, or there is a 3-way or more tie, the following tie breaking procedure will be used:

  • Best record among tying teams, against one another (head-to-head).
  • Most conference wins (in games that are part of the conference schedule and count toward league standings).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 4 teams (including all teams at the 4th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 8 teams (including all teams at the 8th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against conference teams in rank order.
  • Comparisons shall be made one team at a time starting with the highest ranked team.
  • If the tie remains after comparing results against the highest ranked team, the results against the next team in rank order shall be used. This process is continued until a winner is determined.
  • Coin flip (or similar random action involving all tied teams).

Note: In case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria above will be applied in order until a team is (or teams are) separated.  At that point, the process begins anew (returning to the first criteria) with the remaining teams.  The process is continued until the tie is eventually broken.  In cases where only a random action will break the tie of three or more teams, the random action will be applied to all teams involved in the tie.  For example, if three teams are tied and only a random action (pulling names out of a hat) will break the tie, each name will be pulled and seeded in order of being pulled.  Also, in the event that there are two (or more) groups of teams tied at different spots in the standings and the only criteria left that can be used to break those ties is a coin flip/random action, the coin flip/random action used to break the tie of one group (to put teams in rank order) will not affect the tie breaking procedures of the other group(s) of tied teams.