Amherst Keeps Rolling with 8-0 Win Over Smith

Sophomore Chrissy Cantore scored three goals in Amherst's 8-0 win over Smith.

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College earned an impressive 8-0 win over local rival Smith College Tuesday evening at Gooding Field in a non-conference field hockey matchup. The Lord Jeffs, who received a national ranking of 16 in Tuesday’s NFHCA National Coaches Poll, improve to 2-0 (1-0 NESCAC) on the season, while the Pioneers fall to 0-2 (0-0 NEWMAC).

Amherst increased its winning streak over Smith to 14 games and its unbeaten streak to 15. The Lord Jeffs are now 20-10-3 against the Pioneers in the local rivalry's history.

After making 16 saves in Smith’s season opener against Nichols College, senior goalkeeper Margaret Winter (Purchase, NY) stopped 10 Amherst shots in Tuesday's loss. Sophomore Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT) made two saves in nearly 49 minutes of action to improve to 2-0 for the Lord Jeffs, with first-year Sarah Wise (Akron, OH) playing the final 21 minutes in her collegiate debut.

Sophomore forward Chrissy Cantore (Hershey, PA) scored three goals to lead the Amherst attack, while first-years Katie McMahon (Denville, NJ) and Kaitlyn McInnis (Franklin, MA) scored their first collegiate goals for Amherst.

The hosts began to apply heavy pressure five minutes into the game when a Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT) shot from just inside the circle rocketed off the crossbar. Only 30 seconds later senior tri-captain Haley Douds (South Orange, NJ) hit the side of the cage.

Smith responded with a good push of its own when senior tri-captain Anika Goodhue (Bennington, VT) put a solid shot on target, but Vitale was there to make her first save. The Pioneers followed up with a penalty corner but were unable to capitalize.

Amherst continued to knock on the door when Dudzik hit the post eight minutes into the game, but the Lord Jeffs would not get their first goal until the 11:13 mark. Dudzik sent a long pass through the Smith defense and junior Liz Schink (Chicago, IL) sprinted ahead to gain control of the ball, but her shot was saved by Winter. McMahon was there for the rebound to put away her first collegiate goal.

Cantore scored a pair of unassisted goals in a span of less than two minutes to give Amherst a 3-0 lead. Smith would get another prime scoring chance when sophomore Phoebe Hopkins (Philadelphia, PA) ripped a shot at the cage only to have it knocked away by Vitale.

McMahon would add her second goal 21:02 into the first half with an assist going to sophomore Casey Silver (Wheelright, MA), with junior Julie Santosuosso (Canton, MA) wrapping up the first-half scoring when Dudzik picked up an assist on a goal with 5:38 to play in the frame. Amherst carried its 5-0 lead into halftime with a 20-2 advantage in shots.

Cantore’s third goal came just 27 seconds into the second half, with McInnis and Santosuosso adding goals of their own at 46:15 and 49:53, respectively, to make it 8-0. Smith nearly got on the scoreboard with 10 minutes remaining in regulation when senior Rebecca Capute (Easton, MD) received a long pass deep in the Amherst end and beat the Jeffs’ sweeper. Wise was challenged for the first time since subbing in for Vitale, and she came through by storming off her line to dive at Capute’s feet and knock the ball away just outside the circle.

The 8-0 lead held up as Amherst earned its second consecutive shutout. Senior Michelle Walsh (Northampton, MA) made a defensive save for Smith, with senior tri-captain Tierney Healey (Moreland Hills, OH) recording her second of the season.