No. 12 Tufts pulls away from Williams
Eaton top peformer for Jumbos scoring five goals
MEDFORD, Mass. -- Kerry Eaton scored five goals and Kelly Hyland netted four as the No. 12 Tufts won 17-12 against Williams on Saturday afternoon. The victory stopped a three-game losing streak in NESCAC play for the Jumbos.
Tufts led 7-2 in the first half, but the visiting Ephs battled back to pull within 9-8 early in the second. The Jumbos scored eight of the next nine goals from there to pull away, improving to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the league.
Williams, which was led by five goals from Margie Fulton, remained winless in NESCAC (0-6) and dropped to 4-6 overall.
Tufts scored the game's first five goals by five different players. The second goals of the game for Hyland and Eaton offset a pair by Fulton and the Jumbos led 7-2 with six minutes remaining. First-year Lilly Wellenbach scored twice for Williams in the final five minutes and the Jumbo lead was 9-5 at the break.
The Ephs scored the first three goals of the second half, including one by Emily Whicker while they were down a player to pull within 9-8 at the 26-minute mark. Hyand and Sterling Champion scored the next two a minute apart for Tufts, and Stephanie Gallo scored for Williams making it 11-9 Jumbos.
During the next 11 minutes, Tufts scored six consecutive goals to take a 17-9 advantage. Eaton had three and Emily Pillemer tallied twice on free-position shots. The Ephs’ Gallo, Whicker and Fulton finished the game with three scores.
Hyland won five draws while adding an assist to her four goals for Tufts. Pillemer finished with three goals and an assist. Kelly Cakert continued her exceptional season on defense with four caused turnovers while also winning five draws.
Maggie Casey scooped the most ground balls for Tufts (three) and Tess Shapanka made eight saves.
For Williams, Sam Weinstein assisted on three goals. Whicker led the visitors with five draw controls, while Wellenbach scooped up a team-high four groundballs. Ali Piltch made seven saves in goal.