Amherst Rebounds with 3-2 Win Over Bates
Senior tri-captain Haley Douds scored a pair of first-half goals to provide Amherst with an early spark.
AMHERST, MA – The 16th-ranked Amherst College field hockey team earned a 3-2 win over Bates College Sunday afternoon at Gooding Field to improve to 3-1 (2-1 NESCAC) on the season. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in NESCAC play.
Senior tri-captain Haley Douds (South Orange, NJ) scored two first-half goals to provide an early spark for Amherst, but it would be sophomore Chrissy Cantore (Hershey, PA) who recorded the eventual game winner in the second half. Cantore’s goal was her team-leading fourth of the season.
Sophomore Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT) made five saves to earn her third win of the season, while junior Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, DE) stopped six shots for the Bobcats.
Amherst got into an early rhythm and had a 2-0 lead before eight minutes had passed thanks to heads-up play from Douds. Just 6:17 into the game Douds pounced on a loose ball and had a clear view of an open cage after McEnroe had been pulled out of position, scoring her first goal of the season to give the Jeffs a 1-0 lead. One minute and 40 seconds later, Douds struck again when she snuck a shot past McEnroe after receiving a pass from junior Carly Leahy (Weston, MA).
Sixteen minutes into the first half junior Sema Kazarian (Providence, RI) was denied her second goal of the season when her shot on goal was saved by a sprawling Vitale. Kazarian capitalized on her next scoring opportunity two minutes later when she took a pass from senior co-captain Morgan Maciewicz (Marblehead, MA) and beat Vitale on the near post to make it a 2-1 game.
Amherst nearly padded its lead with 11 minutes to play in the opening frame when a deflection was headed straight for the corner of the cage, but McEnroe’s diving effort knocked the ball out of bounds.
The Jeffs would find a third goal before halftime, however, when they were awarded a penalty corner as time expired. Amherst made the last play of the half count when a Douds pass made its way to sophomore Sarah McCarrick (New Canaan, CT), who played the ball from the left side to the far post. Cantore made an outstanding play by diving to get her stick on the ball, with her deflection beating McEnroe to give Amherst a 3-1 lead at the break.
Midway through the second half Bates put together a string of good passes on a penalty corner but could not cut into Amherst’s lead, as a shot from Maciewicz was kicked away by Vitale. Four minutes later on the Bobcats’ next penalty corner, sophomore Lindsay Beaton (West Newbury, MA) just missed sneaking a shot inside the near post when her attempt hit the outside of the cage.
The hosts were given a prime opportunity to get an insurance goal when McCarrick lined up for a penalty stroke with 10:06 remaining in regulation, but McEnroe came up with a big save to keep her team within striking distance.
McEnroe’s big save looked even more significant when first-year Laura Baran (Pittsburgh, PA) scored Bates’ second goal with only 2:47 to play in regulation. The Bobcats worked the ball around the circle on a penalty corner until Baran received a pass on the right side and delivered a hard shot inside the near post. Junior Ann Wilson (Chagrin Falls, OH) was credited with an assist on the play.
Bates continued to push until the final whistle, but Cantore’s goal proved to be the game winner. The Jeffs held a 15-8 advantage in shots, with each team taking five penalty corners. Amherst—which is off to a 3-1 start for the second consecutive year—now holds a 7-3 lead over Bates in the all-time series.
The Lord Jeffs return to action Wednesday, Sept. 23 when they host Springfield College at 7 p.m. Bates will host Maine-Farmington Thursday, Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.