Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information
SALISBURY, Md. – Three different goal scorers helped lift Tufts past Smith College, 3-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Sea Gull Stadium on the campus of Salisbury University.
With the win, the Jumbos advance to the quarterfinals and will face host Salisbury starting at 1 pm. Smith finishes its season with a 15-8 record.
After a sequence of three penalty corners, sophomore Beth Krikorian almost opened up the scoring in the seventh minute. A shot was ripped past Smith goalkeeper Channy Cornell, but Beatrice Chaudoin was positioned well and cleared the ball out for a defensive save.
Minutes later, Krikorian, centered a ball that was met by sophomore Alexis Chauvette and a Smith defender. Both players collided and the ball was deflected in front. Chauvette corralled the loose ball and put a shot towards Cornell that was deflected off the stick of a Pioneer and slipped into the back of the cage for a 1-0 Jumbo lead.
The Jumbos found themselves with yet another scoring chance just a little over a minute later. Junior Marguerite Salamone drilled a shot that was saved by Cornell, but the rebound fell to senior Hanaa Malik gathered the rebound and put it past Cornell to give Tufts a 2-0 advantage.
In the 46th minute, the Pioneers earned a penalty corner for their best scoring opportunity. Sammie Pavlov was denied by a kick-save from Tufts first-year goalkeeper Andie Stallman.
In the 53rd minute, Tufts capitalized on a Smith turnover. Salamone ripped a shot from the top of the circle that slipped by Cornell for a 3-0 lead.
Nearing the end of the half, the Jumbos replaced Stallman with first-year goalkeeper Emma Smith. Pavlov, who led the Pioneers with four shots, lifted a shot in the air that was stopped by a jumping Smith, for her first save of the season.
Tufts outshot Smith, 17-5, and held a 16-4 advantage in penalty corners. Stallman finished the game with two saves, while Cornell had eight.