#12 Tufts Tops Williams to Snap NESCAC Slide

MEDFORD - Junior Kerry Eaton (Norfolk, MA) scored five goals and senior Kelly Hyland (Acton, MA) netted four as 12th-ranked Tufts won 17-12 over Williams on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field. 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 half. 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 senior tri-captain Margie Fulton (Wellesley, MA), 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 to go until halftime. First-year Lilly Wellenbach (West Bath, ME) 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 junior Emily Whicker (Potomac, MD) while they were down a player to pull within 9-8 at the 26-minute mark. Hyand and classmate Sterling Champion (Lighthouse Point, FL) had the next two a minute apart for Tufts, and sophomore Stephanie Gallo (Manhasset, NY) scored for Williams making it 11-9 Jumbos.

Over the next 11 minutes, Tufts scored six straight goals to take a 17-9 advantage. Eaton had three and senior Emily Pillemer (Arlington, MA) tallied twice on free-position shots. The Ephs scored the game's final three goals by Gallo, Whicker and Fulton to finish it.

Hyland won five draws while adding an assist to her four goals for Tufts. Pillemer finished with three goals and an assist. Senior Kelly Cakert (Sudbury, MA) continued her exceptional season on defense with four caused turnovers while also winning five draws. Three groundballs by senior Maggie Casey (Wayne, PA) led Tufts in that category. Junior goalie Tess Shapanka (Sudbury, MA) made eight saves.

For Williams, junior Sam Weinstein (Marblehead, MA) assisted on three goals. Whicker led the visitors with five draw controls, while Wellenbach scooped up a team-high four groundballs. Sophomore Ali Piltch (Bryn Mawr, PA) made seven saves in goal.

Both teams took advantage of their free-position opportunities, as Tufts and Williams were both five for nine.


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