Jeffs Fall to Williams, 3-0, to Set Up Rematch in NESCAC Quarterfinals

Amherst senior goalie Kathleen Boucher made 14 saves against Williams.
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Amherst College field hockey team fell to Williams College this afternoon in its regular season finale for the fourth consecutive year. Williams defeated the Jeffs 3-0 on this day, but it was just one year ago that Amherst fell 5-0 in the regular season closer, only to defeat the Ephs 1-0 the next day in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. Amherst will have a chance for revenge once again, as the two teams will square off tomorrow in opening round play.

Williams dominated the game from start to finish on the day, registering an eye-popping 19 shots in the first half, 14 of which were on goal. Amherst senior goalkeeper Kathleen Boucher (Washington, DC) did all she could to make a dozen saves in the frame, surrendering just a pair of goals.

The first Williams tally came in the 18th minute from Cary Bearn, with Amy Siedlecki picking up the helper. The Ephs put home their second score just seven minutes later on a feed from Sally Cobb to Anne de Saint Phalle.

Amherst fought hard to get back into the game, but came up short, and ultimately gave up the third goal of the game to seal the result with just 98 seconds remaining. Julia Nawrocki picked up the score on that Eph goal, while Cobb had another assist.

Cobb was relentless in the game, dishing out a pair of assists, while firing 10 shots, eight of which were on net. Boucher made a season-high 14 saves, while her Williams counterpart, Bethany Baker, made five in the shutout effort.

The result set up a rematch tomorrow, in a situation which seems all too familiar to both schools. Amherst will hope for a similar end result as last year, as the sides will take to the turf at 1 p.m.