Bradley '19 scores 20th career goal in No. 14 field hockey loss

Tatiana Bradley '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Tatiana Bradley '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Tufts University scored twice in the second half and the Jumbos posted a 2-1 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals in a showdown between nationally ranked teams at Tufts' Ounjian Field on Sunday afternoon.

No. 14 Hamilton (7-2, 4-2 NESCAC) grabbed a 1-0 lead just 2:16 into the first half but the Continentals lost for the first time in five road contests. The third-ranked Jumbos (8-0, 5-0) held a 16-4 shot advantage and were awarded 11 penalty corners to Hamilton's three.

The Continentals scored off their first penalty corner less than two minutes into the game. Tatiana Bradley '19 inserted the ball to Cat Donahue '21 near the top of the center of the circle. Donahue passed the ball to the left and Keeley Duran '22 one-timed a shot that was tipped by Bradley over Tufts goalie Emily Polinski (1 save). Bradley has six goals this year and 20 in her Hamilton career. Duran is in a four-way tie for the team lead with four assists.

The Continentals took their one-goal lead into the break as Julia Booth '19 made four of her five saves in the first half. The Jumbos turned up the pressure in the second half. Gigi Tutoni tied the score with 28:30 left and Rachel Hamilton scored the game-winner with 15:19 remaining.

Hamilton had one corner and took one shot in the second half. The corner came less than three minutes after Tutoni's tying goal and led to a shot by Giuttari that was blocked. Head coach Melissa Mariano pulled Booth for an extra field player with 3:47 to go but Tufts held on.

The Continentals return to Goodfriend Field for a non-conference game against William Smith College on Wednesday, Oct. 3 under the lights at 7 p.m.