Amherst Falls to Williams in NESCAC Action 2-0

After dropping a matchup with archrival Williams, Amherst will
look to regroup against Babson this week.

AMHERST, MA – The 17th-ranked Amherst College field hockey team played host to NESCAC and Little Three archrival Williams College at Gooding Field this afternoon on a cool and rainy day. Amherst came up on the short end of a 2-0 result, dropping their record to 5-3 (2-3 NESCAC) on the year, while the Ephs improved to 4-3 (4-0 NESCAC) for the season.

Early in the first half, Williams took a 1-0 lead against the run of play. With 24:38 showing in the first stanza, Meera Sivalingham broke along the Amherst goal line to the left of the cage. Her pass across the goal mouth found teammate Lucy Rollins unmarked at the far post. She one-timed a shot into the Amherst net before sophomore goalie Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT) could dive across for a save.

As the first half continued, Amherst pushed forward for an equalizer. Despite racking up seven penalty corners in the frame, Amherst was unable to generate a significant scoring chance until the final minutes of the half.

That chance came off a very nice long pass through the Eph defense by senior forward Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT). The pass sprung teammate Katie McMahon (Denville, NJ) free for a footrace with Williams goalie Katrina Tully. McMahon won the race to the ball, but as she went to redirect her run past Tully, the Eph stopper made a diving save to end the chance.

In the second half, Amherst’s first scoring chance came from midway through the frame on a penalty corner. McMahon started the play with a pass from end line, before sophomore Sarah McCarrick (New Canaan, CT) hit a long shot. McCarrick topped the ball, which took a high bounce on a deflection over the Eph goalie. Amherst was unable to bash home the loose ball, leaving the score at 1-0 in favor of Williams.

With 13:12 to play in regulation, Williams doubled its lead with a score from Margie Fulton in traffic. Off a rebound from an Anne de Saint Phalle shot, Fulton banged home the loose ball for a 2-0 lead.

At the 10-minute mark, Amherst substituted a forward in for a defender in attempt to find an equalizer. The strategy nearly paid off with 4:44 to play, as sophomore Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT) broke into open space for a hard shot that pinged off the right post.

That shot proved to be Amherst’s last solid scoring chance, as time ran out on the 2-0 result. Vitale finished the night with eight saves, while Tulla made five stops in net for Williams. Amherst will play at Babson Thursday evening this week, before hosting Middlebury next Saturday.