Amherst Comes From Behind to Defeat Conn. College, 3-1

Senior Catherine Calvert recorded a goal to help Amherst earn a come-from-behind win at Conn. College.

Courtesy of Conn. College

NEW LONDON, CT - The Amherst College field hockey team rallied from a one-goal deficit to top Connecticut College this afternoon, 3-1, in the Lord Jeffs' 2008 season opener. Amherst sits at 1-0 (1-0 NESCAC) after the win.

Sophomore Elizabeth Schink (Chicago, IL), first-year Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT) and senior Catherine Calvert (Lawrenceville, NJ) each contributed scores for the visiting Jeffs, while Abby Hine accounted for the Camel offense. Hine has amassed 17 of her 24 points in the first nine home games of her career on the turf at Silfen Field.

Connecticut College goalie Robin Edwards  had 10 saves in an impressive debut, stopping six shots in the first half of play. Emly Vitale (Cheshire, CT) finished with six saves for the Lord Jeffs.

The Camels took a 1-0 lead with 15:53 remaining in the first half. Ellen Cavanaugh  put a shot on goal and Hine was able to collect the loose rebound and find the back of the cage for the goal. After missing most of 2008, Cavanaugh was impressive in her return, contributing a defensive save and coming up with numerous loose balls for the Camels. Connecticut's Kristen Dirmaier was equally impressive in the field, embracing her role as a leader and captain of the club by sacrificing her body on several occasions to slow down the Amherst attack.

With 7:35 to play in the half, Schink provided the equalizer for the visitors. Carly Dudzik put the Jeffs on top to stay with 3:31 remaining, dribbling through the Camel defense into the center of the scoring circle for a point-blank shot and score as the visitors carried a 2-1 lead into the intermission.

Calvert added an insurance tally exactly 11 minutes into the second stanza and Amherst was able to hold on for the 3-1 victory.

Liz Rosenfeld contributed a defensive save in her debut for the Camels.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action next Saturday at NESCAC rival Middlebury for a 12 p.m. game.