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No. 12 Tufts Bests Field Hockey, 9-0

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Medford, Mass. - October 6, 2011 - Lindsay Griffith scored three times, including a penalty stroke goal, as the 12th ranked Tufts field hockey team bested the visiting Springfield College Pride in a 9-0 victory in a non-league game at Bello Field on Thursday afternoon.

Griffith was one of four Jumbos who scored multiple points in the game. Sophomore Stephanie Wan finished with two goals and an assist, all in the second half when the Jumbos tallied six times. Sophomore Chelsea Yogerst scored twice, while classmate Emily Cannon had two assists.

The Jumbos were equally impressive on defense, not allowing Springfield to attempt a shot. Tufts sophomore goalie Katie Stuntz made her first career start and earned a shutout without seeing a shot. Tufts out-shot the Pride 45-0 overall and 25-0 in shots on goal.

Springfield first-year goalies Tory Sowizral and Grace Bibber were both busy. Sowizral started, played 41:27, and made 10 saves. Bibber came on in relief and made six saves in 28:33 of action.

Junior Kayla Murphy opened the scoring 9:18 into the game, sweeping an open ball in front into the cage for a 1-0 Tufts lead. Griffith scored the next two during penalty corner chances for the Jumbos, who led 3-0 at halftime.

Another penalty corner less than a minute into the second half led to a goal by junior Rachel Gerhardt, whose shot from the top of the circle deflected in off a defender. Griffith converted a penalty stroke at 32:02 of the second half for her first career hat trick and the fourth penalty stroke goal of the season by the Jumbos.

Yogerst tallied the next two less than four minutes apart to make it 7-0 Jumbos 10 minutes into the second half. Wan finished off the scoring with back-to-back goals in the final 10 minutes.

The Pride, who fell to 1-9, play a NEWMAC contest at WPI on Saturday at noon.

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