Amherst Falls to Springfield in Overtime, 1-0

Senior tri-captain Kathleen Boucher made 13 saves in the Jeffs' 1-0 overtime loss to Springfield college.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College field hockey team faced off against non-conference foe Springfield College this evening at Gooding Field with regional bragging rights on the line. The Jeffs held the Pride scoreless through regulation, but could not muster a goal of their own, as Springfield came away with a 1-0 overtime victory. Amherst falls to 2-2, while Springfield improves to 6-1.

The Pride maintained early pressure on the Amherst defense for the first ten minutes of play, until sophomore forward Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT) created the best scoring chance of the game for either team. A streaking Malloy flew down the right-hand side of the field, only to have a beautiful pass swatted away by the stick of the diving Springfield goalie.

The two squads seemed very evenly matched for the next 25 minutes, as each side had a solid chance on a pair of penalty corners. At the end of the first half, Amherst held a 4-0 edge on shots, but neither team could penetrate the defense for a score.

At the start of the second half, Amherst keeper Kathleen Boucher (Washington DC) made a number of key saves to keep the Pride off the scoreboard. Momentum had seemingly shifted in favor of the Jeffs, as the Amherst squad was mere inches from scoring at the 12:35 mark of the second half. After a well-taken corner, junior Catherine Calvert (Lawrenceville, NJ) laced a hard shot to the bottom right corner where she was denied by a sprawling Julia Kincade.

Sophomore Haley Douds (South Orange, NJ) set up another corner for Amherst at the five-minute mark, which would lead to another Calvert hard drive on goal. Calvert showed glimpses of taking over the game, letting loose hard shots on attack and single handedly clearing the Amherst defensive zone.

Springfield had its best scoring chance of regulation with just five seconds showing on the board, but Boucher dove and stuffed the Pride forward who was looking to play spoiler.

When the final whistle of regulation blew, the two sides were still deadlocked at zero, as the game was sent into overtime. In the first seven-on-seven golden goal frame, Springfield had the first scoring chance. A long drive from the Pride’s scoring leader, Jane Kelleher, was swallowed by Boucher to keep the game going.

With 8:18 left in the first overtime, Amherst called a timeout to regroup. Just one minute later, Springfield found the back of the net on a back-handed flip shot from Brittany Veazie, with the assist going to Kelleher.

Amherst returns to action on Saturday morning for a game at NESCAC rival Tufts University at 11 a.m.