NESCAC Preview: Field Hockey Heads to Tufts for Quarterfinals Clash

NESCAC Preview: Field Hockey Heads to Tufts for Quarterfinals Clash


AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 7 seed entering NESCAC Championship play, the Amherst College field hockey team is set to travel to second-seeded Tufts University for a 2018 NESCAC Quarterfinal matchup this Sunday, Oct. 28. Opening whistle is slated for 12 p.m. at Ounjian Field.

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Sunday's Quarterfinal tilt will mark the Mammoths' 17th consecutive NESCAC Championship appearance and second matchup against Tufts in league postseason play. Amherst, which is still in search of the program's first conference crown, boasts a 9-7 record in Quarterfinal action, while the Jumbos hold a 1-0 series lead against the Mammoths in the playoffs after defeating Amherst, 1-0 in a 2014 quarterfinals contest. 

Tufts is making its 16th straight NESCAC Championship appearance and owns an 18-14 record in the conference tournament. The Jumbos hit the field aiming to secure a trip to the Semifinals for the second time in three years after falling in the Quarters to Bowdoin in 2017.

Facing off in Medford, Mass. on Sept. 29 during the regular season, Tufts edged the Mammoths in overtime, 3-2 in a nail-biter.

No. 7 Seed (10-5, 5-5 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Franny Daniels '21 leads the Mammoths' offensive effort with a team-high 13 goals (fourth in the NESCAC) this season, while Kendall Codey '19 and Laura Schwartzman '20 have also proved to be dangerous up front this fall. Notching 21 points each, Codey has netted 10 goals and added an assist, while Schwartzman owns four goals and a NESCAC-leading 13 assists on the year.
  • With 13 and 10 points, respectively, Natalie Hobbs '22 (5G, 3A) and Beth Williamson '22 (4G, 2A) are Amherst's final double-digit point getters through 15 games.
  • Katie Savage '19 (10-5) has logged the majority of minutes for the Mammoths in between the pipes, with the senior amassing 69 saves to boast a 1.90 goals against average and a .726 save percentage in 957:24 minutes.

No. 2 Seed (14-1, 9-1 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Tallying 20 points on the season, Gigi Tutoni leads the Jumbos with 10 goals. Defenses will also need to be on the lookout for Rachel Hamilton and Beth Krikorian, with Hamilton netting seven scores and dishing our four assists so far this fall and Krikorian notching six goals and two helpers.
  • Marguerite Salamone and Claire Foley round out Tufts' attack, with the duo combining for 19 points behind Salamone's two goals and six assists and Foley's four goals and one helper.
  • In between the pipes, Emily Polinski (8-1) and Andie Stallman (6-0) have split time, with Stallman earning the starting job down the stretch. In nine starts, Polinski racked up a 0.92 goals against average and a .600 save percentage in 607:07 minutes, while Stallman owns a 0.16 goals against average and a .875 save percentage in seven appearances.

Quarterfinals - October 27 / October 28
No. 5 Trinity def. No. 4 Hamilton, 2-0
No. 1 Middlebury def. No. 8 Colby, 5-2
No. 7 Amherst at No. 2 Tufts - 12 p.m.
No. 6 Bowdoin at No. 3 Williams - 1 p.m.

Semifinals – Saturday, November 3 at Middlebury
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed - 11 a.m./1:30 p.m.
Other Quarterfinal winners - 11 a.m./1:30 p.m.

Championship - Sunday, November 4 at Middlebury
Semifinal winners - 12 p.m.