Courtesy of Tufts Athletics
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Sophomore Claire Foley's fourth-quarter goal propelled No. 3 Tufts to a 1-0 victory over the No. 4 Williams in a NESCAC Semifinal game on Saturday afternoon at Middlebury College.
The Jumbos advance to the NESCAC Championship for a rematch of last season's conference final against top-seed Middlebury on Sunday at noon. The host Panthers defeated Hamilton, 3-0, in the other conference semifinal.
The Jumbos improve to 14-3 on the season while the Ephs will fall to 13-4.
After three scoreless quarters, with each team having scoring opportunities turned aside. Tufts sophomore Marin Waddington used strong possession skills to carry the ball down the right sideline to gain a penalty corner. Sophomore Gillian Roeca fired a shot on goal after strong passing by the Jumbos. The loose ball resulted in the eighth corner for the Jumbos. Marguerite Salamone sent a pass to Roeca, who stopped the pass for Krikorian. Krikorian held her possession and fired a shot from the top of the arc that Foley tipped to beat Lloyd and gave the Jumbos a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute.
On the restart, Williams pushed the action and earned a penalty corner. Kate Gregory fired a shot that was blocked away by the Jumbos.
Following a green card on Claire Fitzpatrick, the Ephs forced a turnover on the attempted clear by the Jumbos. Emma Ticknor earned a shot that was saved by Andie Stallman before Tufts cleared away the threat. The Jumbos tried to close out the contest by controlling possession. However, the Ephs forced a turnover and eventually earned a penalty corner. Williams did not convert on the opportunity as a pass went out of play. Tufts closed out the remaining two minutes of play with lock-down defense.
Stallman improves to 14-3 on the season after making two saves in the shutout victory. Abby Lloyd falls to 13-4 after making six saves on seven shots on goal.