Middlebury

Field Hockey Falls At Fifth-Ranked Tufts

October 5, 2013

Fifth-ranked Tufts scored three second half goals on its way to a 4-2 win over #6 Middlebury (7-2, 4-2) on Bello Field. The Jumbos move to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in NESCAC play. The Panthers are back in action on Sunday with a game at MIT.

The Jumbos were awarded a penalty stroke early in the first half taken by Emily Cannon, who placed it in the lower right corner, but Middlebury keeper Emily Knapp made a beautiful diving save to keep the game scoreless. 

At the 29 minute mark, Tufts took a 1-0 lead when Allison Rolfe gathered a loose ball off a corner and fed it to Rachel Terveer,  who knocked it in for her first goal of the season and the lead at halftime. 

The Panthers evened the game in the 40th minute on a give and go as Catherine Fowler found Katherine Theiss who sent it to the back of the net. 

The Jumbos answered back by scoring three unanswered goals in a span of 12 minutes. Terveer added her second goal of the game when she gathered a rebound off the goalkeeper for a 2-1 lead. Dakota Sikes-Keilp then scored back-to-back goals, giving her team a 4-1 second-half advantage. 

The Panthers would not go away as they continued pressuring the Jumbo defense. Pam Shulman brought her team within two goals when she drilled a shot from the top of the circle off a corner. 

Tufts out shot Middlebury 15-11 in the game and held a slim edge in penalty corners 7-5. Brianna Keenan made seven saves in the win, while Knapp turned away five saves in the loss for the Panthers.