Amherst Drops Road Game 5-2 at Middlebury


Sophomore Liz Schink scored two goals
in the losing effort.
MIDDLEBURY, VT - The Amherst College field hockey team carried a 2-1 lead over Middlebury into the second half, but saw four unanswered Panther scores steal the game away. Amherst falls to 1-1 in NESCAC play and on the season.

Just 15 minutes into the first half, the Panthers took a 1-0 lead on a scramble in front of Amherst goalie Emily Vitale's (Cheshire, CT) net. This was the second time in as many games that the Lord Jeffs found themselves down just halfway through the first frame.

Just like the season opener against Conn. College, Amherst turned to sophomore forward Liz Schink (Chicago, IL) for an answer. With just over two minutes remaining in the first half, Schink put home the equalizer after an Amherst corner.

Ten minutes into the second stanza, Schink tipped in a second goal, this time off a shot from senior tri-captain Catherine Calvert (Lawrenceville, NJ). The pair of goals brings Schink's total to three for the season, and is a new career-high for a single game.

The Jeffs looked primed to carry momentum through the second half, but saw an offensive explosion from the Panthers steal the game from their grasp. Middlebury rolled off four unanswered goals over a 15-minute gap late in the second frame to run away with a 5-2 win.

Vitale finished the game with seven saves in net for the Jeffs, while Middlebury's Caitlin Pentifallo turned away 10 Amherst shots.

Amherst falls to 1-1 on the year, and will look to get back on track Tuesday evening when they host Smith at 7 p.m. in the 2008 home opener.