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Roundup: Second-ranked Tufts ekes out win

No. 2 Tufts 1, Trinity (Conn.) 0

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Dakota Sikes-Keilp scored the game winner in the second half to lift Tufts against Trinity (Conn.) 1-0 in NESCAC action on Sunday afternoon at Bello Field.

The Jumbos improve to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the NESCAC, while Trinity falls to 5-3 and 3-2 in conference play.

The two teams played a back-and-forth scoreless first half with Tufts' best opportunity coming from a shot that hit off the post.

The game winner came at the 44:51 mark when Sikes-Keilp's blistering shot off a corner from Sophomore Alexandra Jamison beat the Trinity goalkeeper.

Trinity kept up the pressure with two second half corners, but junior Brianna Keenan preserved the shutout for the Jumbos making four saves in the win.

No. 7 Middlebury 2, Williams 1

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury held a 20-1 penalty corners advantage in the game, coming away with a 2-1 win against Williams (2-5, 1-4) in a NESCAC contest played on Kohn Field. The Panthers (6-1, 4-1) have now won three consecutive games.

Middlebury finally broke through at the 53:47 mark with a goal on its 17th penalty corner of the game. Catherine Fowler’s shot from the point was stopped by Nina Kumar, before Lauren Berestecky pounced on the rebound and scored her second of the year.

The Panthers struck again just 2:15 later with a penalty corner goal on their 19th opportunity. Alyssa DiMaio inserted the ball to Elinore O’Brien, who set it for Fowler. Fowler dribbled around an opponent to create space before blasting a shot past Kumar for her team-leading ninth of the season.

Middlebury had another great chance in the 60th minute in transition, but Chrissy Ritter’s shot from the right side went just wide after a nice pass from Madeleine Despins.

Williams broke up the shutout late in the game, scoring with just 1:30 remaining. Rachel Brissette sent a ball toward the crease from the left wing, where Cary Hairfield was there to deflect the shot in for her third of the year.