No. 8 Tufts tops field hockey for 11th straight

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Chelsea Yogerst scored twice in the first six minutes and finished with a hat track as the eighth-ranked Tufts field hockey team rolled to a 5-0 victory over Bates in a NESCAC game Wednesday at Bello Field.

The win was the 11th in a row for the Jumbos, who improved to 11-1 overall and 7-1 NESCAC. Bates, which has lost four straight in the league, is now 4-8 including 1-7 in NESCAC.

Playing in the first of three straight home games to close the regular season, Tufts finished with advantages of 22-5 in shots and 12-2 in penalty corners. Stephanie Wan finished with two assists for the Jumbos.

Yogerst scored first just 3:44 into the game on a Jumbo corner attempt, redirecting a pass from Wan  for her fifth goal of the season. Less than three minutes later, she pushed the Tufts margin to 2-0 by converting her own rebound with 6:07 on the clock.

Missy Karp's goal from Hannah Park at 19:42 gave the Jumbos a 3-0 lead. Shots (13-3) and corners (10-1) were decisively in Tufts' favor after 35 minutes. Bates first-year Shannon Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) and sophomore Caroline Falcone (New Canaan, Conn.) put shots on goal in the first half.

Just one minute into the second half, Yogerst had her hat trick with a goal again assisted by Wan. She nearly had her fourth of the day at the 27-minute mark when Lia Sagerman set her up wide open in front, but Bobcat first-year goalie Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.) saved the shot.

With Tufts down a player due to a green card, Bates had a good scoring chance when Falcone's shot went just wide. Later in the half, another Bobcat shot by senior co-captain Riley Kundtz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) just missed wide as well.

Tufts knotched its highest goal production of the season when Emily Cannon scored unassisted with 14:22 remaining in the second half.

Both teams played a pair of goalies in the game. Brianna Keenan and Katie Stuntz shared the shutout for Tufts, their fourth straight. Keenan saved Bates' only two shots on goal in the first half. Bates junior Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine) had three saves in the first half, while Vega stopped four in the second.

Bates travels to Middlebury for a NESCAC contest on Saturday at 11am.