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Kazarian scores as field hockey ends season in NESCAC quarterfinal

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Top-seeded Tufts University opened its defense of the NESCAC championship with a 4-1 victory against the Bates field hockey team in the 2010 quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at Bello Field. Senior Tamara Brown led the No. 5 nationally ranked Jumbos with a hat trick, her third of the season.

Bates, the tournament's eighth seed, finishes the year at 5-10 overall.





Tufts (14-1) scored 10 minutes into the first half to get rolling, when Amanda Roberts intercepted a Bates clear and dribbled the ball into the circle, passing to Brown for her first tally.

The hosts would score twice in the final two minutes of the first half to lead 3-0 at the break. Brown's second of the game came unassisted at the 2:00 mark. Griffith then scored with just four seconds remaining in the period when she capitalized on a loose ball at the left post with a tough-angle shot.

Less than three minutes into the second half, the Jumbos pushed their lead to 4-0 with Brown's third of the game and 23rd of the season. Lia Sagerman made a strong drive to the goal along the left endline, put a shot on goal that was saved, collected the rebound and gave it to Brown for the goal.

Bates, which didn't have a shot in the first half, pressured the Jumbo cage and eventually got on the scoreboard. Shots by senior Sema Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) and junior Lyndsay Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) were saved by Tufts goalie Marianna Zak. Senior Annie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) later sent a pass from the right flank to the front of the goal. Kazarian didn't get good wood on the ball, but her shot popped into the air and over Zak's reach for a goal at 18:51 of the second half.

Bobcat senior goalie Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.) finished with 10 saves, while Zak made a pair of stops. The Jumbos had a 27-7 advantage in shots and 10-3 in corners.

Playing in their final match for Bates were the team's four seniors: Zoe Donaldson (Bronxville, N.Y.), Kazarian, McEnroe and Wilson.

The Jumbos will host the semi-finals and championship game next weekend (Nov. 6-7) at Bello. Tufts will play Trinity at 11 am and Bowdoin will face Amherst at 1;30 pm in Saturday's semifinals. The championship game will be played on Sunday at noon.

STATS: Tufts 4, Bates 1