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No. 8 Tufts Rallies Past No. 4 Field Hockey in OT, 2-1

No. 8 Tufts Rallies Past No. 4 Field Hockey in OT, 2-1

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Gigi Tutoni (Newtown, Pa.) scored with 56 seconds left in the first overtime to lift eighth-ranked Tufts University to a 2-1 win over fourth-ranked Babson College in non-conference field hockey action on Tuesday night at MacDowell Field.

Babson, which suffered its first loss of the year, drops to 4-1, while Tufts improves to 2-0.

First-year Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) scored and junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) recorded an assist for the Beavers. First-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) matched her season high with nine saves in the loss.

Junior Rachel Hamilton (Newton, Mass.) had a goal for the Jumbos, who got one save from senior goalkeeper Emily Polinski (East Brunswick, N.J.).

In a first half dominated by both defenses, the Green and White took the lead with its only shot of the period. Junior Cate Diamond (Hingham, Mass.) played a long ball into the circle that was tipped by Roche right to Curley, who took a touch and blasted it past Polinski for her second goal of the year.

Riley made three first-half stops and then made back-to-back saves on Tufts senior Hanaa Malik (Summit, N.J.) and Tutoni to keep the hosts in front less than four minutes into the second half. Babson senior Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) saved a shot off the goal line with just over 10 minutes to go, but the Jumbos were awarded a penalty stroke and Hamilton lifted it into the upper left corner to pull even.

Riley came up with three more saves in overtime, including a blast off the stick of first-year Sophie Schoeni (Ann Arbor, Mich.) off a corner with 58 seconds left, but Tutoni jammed home the rebound in front for the game winner.

Tufts finished with a 19-3 edge in shots and attempted all 10 of the penalty corners in the game.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson visits MIT, while the Jumbos host Bates.

• Babson and Tufts have split their last four meetings, and eight games between the programs have been decided by a single goal dating back to 2006.
• The Beavers are 8-6 against nationally-ranked opponents going back to the start of 2015.
• Babson is 32-3 in the month of September going back to 2015 with two of the losses having come against Tufts.
• The Beavers have outscored their opponents 14-1 in the first half this season.