Eaton Leads No. 15 Tufts to One-Goal Victory vs. Endicott

MEDFORD - Senior co-captain Kerry Eaton (Norfolk, MA) scored four goals and assisted on two others as 15th-ranked Tufts held off upset-minded Endicott, 12-11, in a non-league game at Bello Field Thursday afternoon.

Eaton's fourth goal of the game at 5:53 of the second half gave the Jumbos a 12-8 cushion. However, the Gulls scored the next three goals to pull within 12-11 on an extra-man, free-position goal by senior Holly Davis (Guilford, CT) with 2:20 on the clock. Tufts first-year Brigid Bowser (Westborough, MA) controlled the ensuing draw though, and the hosts were able to run out the clock.

Sophomore Lindsey Walker (Suffern, NY), first-year Caroline Ross (Sewickley, PA), and junior Kelley Cohen (Framingham, MA) all added two goals for Tufts, who improved to 4-2. Sophomore Emily Wright (Richmond, VA) controlled four draws for the winners, while senior co-captain Meg Boland (New Canaan, CT) finished with three caused turnovers and six groundballs.

Endicott (4-4) was led by three goals from Davis and senior Caitlin Pratt (Bow, NH). Davis also won five draws, while junior Rachel Campos (Shrewsbury, MA) recorded three draw controls and two groundballs.

Gulls junior goalie Rachel Socolow (Westford, MA) had eight of her 11 saves in the first half as the Jumbos enjoyed a 19-11 advantage in shots. The teams went back-and-forth early until a five-goal Jumbo run put them up 6-2 on a free-position shot by Cohen. She scored twice during the stretch. However, two goals by Pratt helped the Gulls outscore Tufts 4-2 in the final 14 minutes and get within 8-6 by halftime.

Ross opened the scoring in the second half for Tufts, but Endicott junior Callie Murphy (Woburn, MA) scored to return the margin to two goals at 9-7. Eaton and Ross expanded the Jumbo margin to four (11-7) before a Davis tally cut the lead to 11-8 with 9:43 remaining in regulation. The Gulls would own the closing minutes, but Tufts was able to hang on.

Stats were even outside of a 31-22 shots advantage for Tufts. Both teams were effective on free-position shots, as Endicott hit on 5 of 9 and Tufts was 4 for 7. Nine yellow cards were whistled (six on Endicott), as were 43 fouls.

Tufts senior Tess Shapanka (Sudbury, MA) got the win in goal with five saves.

The Jumbos travel to play at top-ranked Trinity on Saturday at noon. Endicott is at Wentworth on Tuesday at 4:00 pm.


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