Amherst Cruises to 5-0 Win at Mount Holyoke

Sophomore Haley Douds scored a pair of goals in the Jeffs' 5-0 win at Mount Holyoke College.

by Ben Kaplan '09

SOUTH HADLEY, MA - The Amherst College field hockey team completed its sweep of Five College competition, knocking off Mount Holyoke College 5-0 on the road. The Jeffs move to 4-2 on the year thanks to two goals apiece from sophomore forward Haley Douds (South Orange, NJ) and senior forward Christa Porcaro Pelham, NY).

Amherst grabbed the lead early as sophomore point-leader Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT) continued to have a nose for the goal 9:49 into the first stanza, knocking in a deflection after junior Alyssa Dudzik (Darien, CT) rocketed the ball into the crease. The game remained evenly-matched as both teams were able to penetrate the opposition’s circle, but failed to capitalize.

With eight minutes left in the first half, Mount Holyoke strung together three consecutive penalty corners, but Amherst weathered the storm and kept its lead intact. The Jeffs knocked on the door several times before the half came to a close as well, including a cross by Dudzik that found the back of the net, but the goal did not count because the hit came from outside of the circle.

Mount Holyoke came out possessed in the second half, coming inches away from tying the game just one minute in, as a deflection off of a free hit ricocheted off the post. Amherst got an insurance goal two minutes later when Porcaro knocked a shot through a crowd and into the side of the goal. A minute later, Amherst added another goal to its lead, this time with Douds one-timing a beautiful cross from Porcaro.

The fast pace continued as Mount Holyoke strung together another trio of corners, but again failed to get passed the wall of the Amherst defense, as junior Catherine Calvert (Lawrenceville, NJ) managed to deflect two Holyoke shots in the span. Calvert joined sophomore Tierney Healey (Moreland Hills, OH), first-year Rachel Egan (Worcester, MA) and senior tri-captain Lauren Benson (Hamilton, NJ) in turning in sparkling efforts for the Jeff back line.

With 10:36 remaining in the game, Douds connected once more, scoring from the right side of the goal on a dish from Egan. Amherst continued to dominate possession, pressing the Mount Holyoke defense until it broke once more, this time with Calvert finding Porcaro during a corner for a 5-0 advantage.

Despite earning 12 penalty corners, as many as the Jeffs, Mount Holyoke only mustered six shots, dwarfed by Amherst’s 27 attempts on goal. Reigning NESCAC Player of the Week Kathleen Boucher continued her dominating play between the pipes, saving two shots en route to a complete-game shutout. Amherst returns to action Saturday, facing off against undefeated NESCAC powerhouse Bowdoin College. The teams will face off at 11 a.m. on Gooding Field.