Amherst Moves to 10-3 with Shutout Win Over Wesleyan

Senior tri-captain Haley Douds added two goals against Wesleyan to bring her season total to 10.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College field hockey team celebrated Senior Day with a 3-0 win over Little Three rival Wesleyan University Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field. The Lord Jeffs improve to 10-3 (5-3 NESCAC) with the win, while the Cardinals snap a five-game winning streak to fall to 7-6 (2-6 NESCAC).

Amherst increased its winning streak over Wesleyan to four games and upped its overall winning streak to five, as the Lord Jeffs are now 21-11-2 against the Cardinals dating back to the inaugural matchup in 1976. Amherst has scored at least three goals in each of its past three games and now stands at 7-1 at home this season.

The Lord Jeffs moved into a three-way tie for third place in the conference standings, as Middlebury and Williams are also 5-3 in the NESCAC after Saturday’s games. Amherst and Wesleyan will wrap up their regular seasons Friday, Oct. 30, with the Jeffs traveling to take on undefeated Trinity College (13-0, 8-0 NESCAC) and the Cardinals fighting for a playoff spot with a 3:30 p.m. game at Connecticut College (4-8, 3-5 NESCAC).

Prior to Saturday’s game, Amherst honored senior tri-captains Haley Douds (South Orange, NJ), Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT) and Tierney Healey (Moreland Hills, OH), who were playing in their final regular season home games.

Douds led the way for Amherst by scoring two goals, with first-year Katie McMahon (Denville, NJ) picking up the assist on each score. Douds entered the week leading the NESCAC in game-winning goals (4), as she added a fifth Saturday afternoon. Tallying the Jeffs’ third goal on the day was junior Liz Schink (Chicago, IL), with sophomore Sarah McCarrick (New Canaan, CT) recording the assist.

Wesleyan first-year Tori Redding matched a career high by making 18 saves in an impressive effort in the cage. Redding also recorded 18 saves two weeks ago during a 3-2 win over nationally-ranked Bowdoin College.

Amherst’s first goal came in the 26th minute when McMahon carried the ball to the right post, drew Redding off her line and sent a cross over to Douds, who swept the ball into the cage to make it a 1-0 game. Schink made it 2-0 with no time remaining on the clock in the opening half, as the Jeffs converted on a penalty corner in extra time.

The game’s final goal came in the 58th minute when McMahon sent in a cross to Douds from the edge of the circle. Douds took control and lifted a shot past Redding for her team-leading 10th goal and 21st point of the season.

Currently eighth in the NESCAC standings, Wesleyan can guarantee a postseason berth with a win over Connecticut College next week. Should the Cardinals lose to the Camels, they will need Colby College (1-7 NESCAC) to suffer a loss to Bates College (0-8 NESCAC). Colby defeated Wesleyan earlier this season, and would therefore hold the tiebreaking advantage should each team finish at 2-7 in the standings.