Field Hockey Falls to Middlebury 1-0 at Home

The Amherst College field hockey team dominated the
posession game and stats, but came up short.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College field hockey dominated a conference match-up with visiting Middlebury College this afternoon on Gooding Field, only to come up on the short end of a 1-0 result. The Jeffs held a 9-1 advantage in shots on the day, but could not find the back of the Panther’s net.

Ten minutes into the first half, Amherst senior tri-captain Christa Porcaro (Pelham, NY) fired the Jeffs first attempt just wide of the net. Amherst dominated the possession game throughout the first half, but failed to mount any serious threats at scoring.

Middlebury’s only real scoring chances in the first half were coming by way of fast break transition play, but eventually were rewarded for their offensive pressure with a free hit. Marnie Rowe beat Amherst goalie Kathleen Boucher (Washington D.C.) with a shot from within a pile up, following the free hit from Heather McCormack.

The Jeffs held a 2-1 advantage on shots and a 3-1 edge on corners in the first half, and would crank their game up a notch in the second frame. Just three minutes into the stanza, Amherst had a pair of consecutive corners and threatened with close shots from Porcaro and sophomore forward Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT). The offensive onslaught was halted only by the ball striking an Amherst player’s foot.

Amherst pushed to a 9-1 advantage in shots and a 15-2 blasting in the corners tally, and finally found the back of the net with less than a minute remaining. Junior defender Catherine Calvert (Lawrenceville, NJ) riffled a shot off a set play on a corner, but the score was called back and questionably ruled a dangerous play.

Amherst earned a series with a trio of corners with just two seconds remaining in the game, and had a number of chances but could not beat Middlebury’s Caitlin Pentifallo. The goalie finished with nine saves on the day, while Boucher had a single stop for Amherst.

The Jeffs fall to 5-4 (2-3 NESCAC) with the result, while Middlebury improves to 7-2 (4-2 NESCAC) with the win. Amherst returns to action at Babson for a midweek night game at 7 p.m. on Thursday.