Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore forward Alexis Chauvette (Shaker Heights, Ohio) scored the game’s only goal on a redirect of a high shot by rookie teammate Sophie Schoeni (Ann Arbor, Mich.) to lead the visiting Tufts University Jumbos to a 1-0 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in field hockey action this afternoon on Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 15 in the nation, drops to 9-4 overall and 5-4 in the NESCAC with its second home loss to a top-three team in the nation in as many days. The No. 3-ranked Jumbos improve to 11-1 overall and 7-1 in the league with its third win in a row. The Bantams, which had an eight-game winning streak stopped yesterday with a 2-0 setback against top-ranked Middlebury, will play its final home game of the regular season on Saturday against Wellesley at noon. Tufts entertains Haverford on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Both defenses were stalwart, allowing just 10 shots and three on goal over 35 minutes. The first shot was taken by Tufts senior forward Gigi Tutoni (Newtown, Pa.) 16:15 into the game, and the lone Bantam shot of the first half came off the stick of sophomore Caroline Fisher (Kennett Square, Pa) after a penalty corner with less than two minutes left before the break. Both of the shots in the first half were wide of the cage. Tutoni forced Trinity senior goalkeeper Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) to make her first save 5:02 into the second half, and the closest Bantam chance by sophomore forward Kendall Brown 43 seconds later was stopped on a defensive save by Schoeni. The Jumbo offense increased its pressure and earned five penalty corners, and Berger was forced to make saves against both Schoeni and Tutoni in the middle of the second half, before Chauvette scored on the seventh Tufts penalty corner of the game with 15 minutes remaining. Neither team took a shot the rest of the way.