Calvert Carries Amherst to 3-2 Overtime Win Over Trinity

Junior Catherine Calvert scored the game-winner for Amherst in overtime
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College field hockey team kicked off its 2007 campaign with a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over Trinity College on a sweltering Gooding Field. Junior Catherine Calvert (Lawrenceville, NJ) netted the game-winner after seven minutes of play in the extra frame. Amherst moves to 1-0 (1-0 NESCAC), while Trinity drops to 0-1 (0-1 NESCAC).

The Bantams’ returning leading goal-scorer wasted no time getting back to her usual form, as senior co-captain Marisa Shutte netted the first goal of the game after six and a half minutes of play. The Jeffs responded nearly six minutes later when senior Sarah Tracy (Sturbridge, MA) and sophomore Haley Douds (South Orange, NJ) set up junior Alyssa Dudzik (Darien, CT) off a penalty corner. Dudzik sent a rocket to the back of the net to tie the game with 22:45 remaining.

Amherst had another scoring chance less than two minutes later, but a deflection off the stick of sophomore Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT) sailed just wide of the goal. Malloy was right back in the mix of things 10 minutes later, as she flipped a nice shot over the stick of Trinity goalie Jill Fraker, with Dudzik picking up the assist to give the Jeffs a 2-1 lead with 11 minutes to play in the half.

Neither team put together any significant threats for the rest of the half, as Amherst headed into halftime with its 2-1 lead in tact. The Jeffs had five penalty corners and six shots in the opening frame, while the Bantams took four shots with a pair of penalty corners.

The first scoring chance of the second half came when Amherst once again found Dudzik on a penalty corner, but her hard shot was kicked away by Fraker. Trinity came back with a corner of its own with just under 20 minutes to play, but first-year Christina Bradley’s close-range shot was deflected wide.

It looked as though the Bantams were going to tie the game with 14:35 showing on the clock, as sophomore Rachel Estepa ripped a shot that snuck by Amherst goalie Kathleen Boucher (Washington, DC). Amherst sophomore defender Tierney Healey (Moreland Hills, OH) was in the right place at the right time, however, as she sprawled out on the turf surface to block Estepa’s shot and preserve the Jeffs’ 2-1 lead.

With time running out for the Bantams, junior Karli Del Rossi carried the ball in from 25 yards out and blew by the Amherst defense, causing Boucher to hit the ground in an attempt to stop the breakaway, but Del Rossi was able to just barely sneak a shot underneath and to the back of the goal, as Trinity tied the game with just 3:38 to play. The Jeffs nearly earned another penalty corner with time running out in regulation, but the Bantams were able to hang on and send the game into overtime.

Del Rossi took the first hard shot of the extra frame, but Boucher was able to kick it away for her fourth save of the afternoon. With 8:20 left on the clock, Calvert ripped a shot from just inside the circle, but Fraker, thinking that the shot was taken from outside the circle, allowed the ball to roll into the goal. After a brief moment of uncertainty, the referees announced that the goal was legit, as the Jeffs rushed the field with a 3-2 victory.

Fraker played a solid game and made eight saves for the Bantams, while Boucher finished with four. Healey and Calvert each played exceptional games for Amherst, as they anchored a very tough Lord Jeff defense. Trinity will take on Eastern Connecticut Thursday, while Amherst returns to action Tuesday for a match-up with Smith College at 6 p.m.