Field Hockey Rolls to 5-1 Win at Smith in 'The Battle of The Bridge'

by Ben Kaplan '09

NORTHAMPTON, MA - The Amherst College women’s field hockey team improved to 2-0 Wednesday evening after defeating Smith College, 5-1, in a dominating road win. Returning points leader Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT) and junior midfielder Alyssa Dudzik (Darien, CT) had two goals apiece to lead the Jeffs.

Sophomore Molly Malloy scored a pair in the win over Smith College.

Amherst began the game looking like a team that missed its new turf field, struggling to adjust to Smith’s grass field. The Jeffs failed to pose any serious threats in the first ten minutes, whiffing and overrunning several balls. Smith failed to capitalize on Amherst’s early gaffes, and the Jeffs quickly adjusted, threatening often and earning 10 penalty corners in the first half. With under 20 minutes left in the half, Amherst broke the tie after failing to score on the first effort on a corner. Senior midfielder Carolyn Shea (Summit, NJ) handled the ball right of the goal and found Dudzik, who ripped a shot through the bunches of defenders and into the back of the box to give Amherst a 1-0 lead.

Smith gained its first penalty corner with just over eight minutes left in the half, but the first pass cruised unstopped towards midfield, nullifying the only real threat of the half. The Jeffs racked up nine shots in the first stanza, but failed to capitalize, settling for a 1-0 halftime lead.

The Jeffs continued to dominate possession at the outset of the second half. On their first possession, sophomore forward Haley Douds (South Orange, NJ) centered the ball to Malloy, who poked the ball just right of the goal. However, the two sophomore scoring threats would not be denied. Four minutes later, Douds was in the center of the action once more, fielding a rebound off a Lauren Benson (Hamilton, NJ) shot just left of the goal. After her first effort was denied, she knocked in her own rebound and gave Amherst its second score. A mere 50 seconds later, the Jeffs found the back of the goal once more, as Malloy took the ball from midfield to deep in the circle and scored.

With 25:39 remaining, Dudzik scored her second goal of the game, a virtual instant replay of her first score, this time with the helper coming from junior Catherine Calvert (Lawrenceville, NJ). Ten minutes later, the Jeff onslaught continued, with Malloy collecting her second score of the day  to bring the lead to 5-0. Smith finally got on the board late in the second half, as sophomore standout Rebecca Capute lifted a perfectly placed shot in the upper right corner.

Amherst dominated every statistical category, collecting a total of 14 penalty corners to Smith’s one, and getting twenty shots on goal, while Smith could only muster four. Senior goalkeeper Kathleen Boucher (Washington, DC) had a shutout in about 50 minutes of work, making two saves. The Jeffs return to action Saturday with a NESCAC game at Bates College at noon.