Jeffs Drop Overtime Thriller to Tufts, 4-3

Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information

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MEDFORD, Mass. - Tufts senior Lia Sagerman redirected a blast from Maggie Chapman ’15 into the goal on a corner attempt just 4:17 into the first overtime period to give host Tufts a 4-3 NESCAC victory over Amherst College on Bello Field.

Dropping their second-straight game to a conference opponent, the Jeffs fell to 5-2 (2-2 NESCAC) on the season, while the Jumbos improved to 7-1 (4-1 NESCAC).

Ellie Andersen ’15 led the Amherst offense with a goal and an assist, while Alex Philie ’14 and Katie McMahon ’13 accounted for the Jeffs’ other two scores. Kelsey Perkins ’13 paced 13th-ranked Tufts with a hat trick as the Jumbos held a 21-10 shot advantage and a 16-9 edge in penalty corners.

After being denied on a breakaway by Tufts sophomore goalie Brianna Keenan, Amherst capitalized on a corner attempt when McMahon scored off a rebound just 7:47 into the game to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead.

Tufts tied it in the 14th minute as Perkins scored her first, controlling a pass into the circle by Rachel Gerhardt ’12 and driving it into the lower left corner of the cage. The Lord Jeffs went back on top with 11:28 remaining in the half when Andersen put away another rebound after a defensive save by Gerhardt.

Staying aggressive, the Jumbos surged to a 3-2 lead in the second half as Perkins added two more scores. Notching a tally off an assist from Sagerman four minutes into the half, she then gave Tufts the lead when she followed up her own shot with 29:26 on the clock.

Hoping to keep pace, the Jeffs tied the game at 3-3 on a corner with 16:36 remaining. Andersen struck the ball from the top of the circle and Philie deflected it home.

Wasting no time during the extra session, Sagerman put away the game winner off a Chapman blast less than five minutes in to seal the home team’s 4-3 comeback win.

Keenan made three saves in the Tufts cage to improve to 5-0 this fall, while Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 made eight stops.

Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 2 against Trinity.

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