Field Hockey Picks Up Crucial 2-1 NESCAC Win Over Wesleyan at Homecoming

Sophomore Molly Malloy had a goal
and an assist against Wesleyan.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College field hockey team picked up a crucial NESCAC win this afternoon at Homecoming to improve to 7-5 (3-4 NESCAC) on the season. Amherst defeated the visiting Cardinals of Wesleyan University 2-1 at Gooding Field for the victory.

In the first ten minutes of the game, Amherst needed some help from senior goal keeper Kathleen Boucher (Washington D.C.) and sophomore defender Tierney Healey (Moreland Hills, OH) to keep Wesleyan off the board. Wesleyan’s Amanda Nickels was sent in on a breakaway, only to be met by Boucher, who flew off her line to knock the ball away. A second Cardinal forward hit the loose ball on net, where Healey picked up an important defensive save.

The Cardinals eventually took a 1-0 lead when junior Haley Sarage converted on a penalty stroke with 25:16 left until halftime. Sarage beat Boucher to the upper left corner for the game’s opening score.

Amherst regained composure and took control of the game at the midway point of the first half. The Jeffs first scoring opportunity came with 15 minutes remaining in the frame. Junior Alyssa Dudzik (Darien, CT) set up a promising scoring chance for sophomore Mollay Malloy (Stamford, CT) only to have the Cardinal goal keeper turn away the shot.

With 11:13 left in the half, Malloy set up senior tri-captain Christa Poracaro (Pelham, MA) for the equalizer. Just 58 seconds later, Malloy found the net for the eventual game-winner, with junior Catherine Calvert (Lawrenceville, NJ) picking up the helper.

Amherst maintained pressure into the half, recording three corners in the next four minutes. The Jeffs were unable to find the net again in the game, but dominated the run of play throughout the remainder of the game.

The Jeffs won the corner battle, 9-1, and shot count, 9-0, in the second half en route to the win. Breen McDonald made 11 saves in net for the Cardinals, while Boucher made 4 saves for Amherst.

Amherst returns to action Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. under the lights of Gooding Field for their final home game of the season against Conn. College.