NCAA Semifinal: Tufts 3, Johns Hopkins 1

NCAA Semifinal: Tufts 3, Johns Hopkins 1

Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information

MANHEIM, Pa. – Senior co-captain Gigi Tutoni, junior Rachel Hamilton and sophomore Beth Krikorian all scored to lift Tufts past Johns Hopkins, 3-1, in the NCAA Semifinals at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim Pennsylvania.

With the win, the Jumbos (19-2) advance to the NCAA Championship game for the fourth time in program history. Tufts will face the winner of the other semifinal game between Middlebury and Rowan. The national championship game is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 18. Johns Hopkins finishes its season with an 18-3 record.

Led by senior Issy Del Priore, Tufts made if difficult for Johns Hopkins to create any separation, as the Jumbos held the Blue Jays without a shot in the first half. First year Sophie Schoeni played the middle of the field well, while senior co-captain Fallon Shaughnessy got the Jumbos out of their own end with crisp passes. Junior Brigid Gliwa, sophomore Melissa Manzello, and first year Marin Waddington stretched the field and locked down Blue Jay leading scorer Izzy Thompson.

A Johns Hopkins turnover resulted in the first penalty corner of the game for the Jumbos. Averaging nearly 11 a game, the penalty corner has been a key to the Jumbos offense this season. Junior Marguerite Salamone inserted the ball to the top of the circle to a waiting Krikorian, who ripped a shot right side of the goal past Baris for a 1-0 Jumbo lead. Tufts would take the 1-0 advantage into halftime.

Johns Hopkins came out with energy in the second half of action. A little over six minutes into play, the Blue Jays earned their first penalty corner. Abby Birk received a pass towards the left side of the circle. She lofted a shot towards goal that was deflected chest-high in front by Sarah Matyas past freshman goalkeeper Andie Stallman to tie the game, 1-1.

Momentum started to shift in favor of Johns Hopkins, as the Jumbos could not get any clean looks at goal. After the timeout, the Jumbos controlled the ball well and grabbed the momentum back from Johns Hopkins. Shaughnessy helped give the Jumbos a 2-1 advantage shortly after the stoppage. At midfield, Shaughnessy sent a pass to the corner to a running Tutoni. Tutoni, gathered the pass and created space on the endline, sending a pass to the middle to Hamilton, who one-timed a shot that found the back of the cage.

Less than two minutes later, the Jumbos struck again. In the circle, Salamone lunged at the ball in traffic, tipping it past Blue Jay defenders in front to Hamilton. Hamilton put a shot on goal from point-blank range that was stopped by Baris, but the rebound fell to a waiting Tutoni who knocked it in for a 3-1 Jumbo lead.

Both teams had a total of seven shots, while the Blue Jays' had five penalty corners compared to the Jumbos three. Baris had three saves in the loss,  while Stallman had two stops in the win.