Amherst Looks Sharp in 9-0 Victory Over Smith

Senior Caki Guinee scored two goals in the Jeffs' 9-0 win.
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College field hockey team scored early and often against visiting Smith College, as the Lord Jeffs chalked up nine goals in a convincing shutout at Gooding Field to improve to 2-1 on the season. The victory increased Amherst’s winning streak over the Pioneers (2-2) to 13 games.

Amherst came out of the gate firing on all cylinders to jump out to a 2-0 lead after less than five minutes of first-half action. The Jeffs’ first goal came in textbook form, as junior Haley Douds (South Orange, NJ) set up for a penalty corner and began a series of crisp passes. The ball eventually found the stick of senior tri-captain Catherine Calvert (Lawrenceville, NJ), who assisted sophomore Liz Schink (Chicago, IL) on her fourth goal of the season.

Douds gave the hosts a 2-0 lead less than one minute later when she took an Alyssa Dudzik (Darien, CT) pass from the right side and beat Smith goalkeeper Margaret Winter. Amherst continued to apply pressure with a smothering attack but went into a 14-minute scoreless drought thanks to a combination of solid play from Winter and the Jeffs’ inability to take advantage of its penalty corner opportunities.

The scoring resumed with 16:20 remaining in the first half when Douds sent a long pass in from the left side and found first-year Chrissy Cantore (Hershey, PA) racing toward the goal. Cantore settled the pass and beat her defender to score her first collegiate goal and give Amherst a 3-0 advantage.

The Jeffs added a pair of goals off rebounds in a span of 54 seconds. Senior forward Caki Guinee (Baltimore, MD) put home the first and sophomore Julie Santosuosso (Canton, MA) followed up with the first goal of her career to give Amherst a 5-0 lead with 8:51 showing on the clock. The final tally came with just over two minutes remaining in the half when Dudzik used some fancy stickwork to fire a shot from the top of the circle and put home her first goal of the season.

Amherst held a commanding 16-0 advantage in shots after the first 35 minutes and an 18-0 edge in penalty corners, as Winter made eight saves for the Pioneers while allowing seven goals.

The second half opened with Guinee’s second goal of the evening after only 64 seconds of play, but Smith began to spend more time on the attack while playing nearly 22 minutes of shutout defense. First-year Julia Viani (Concord, NH) became the third Lord Jeff to record her first career goal when she put in a rebound off a penalty corner at the 12-minute mark, giving Amherst an 8-0 lead.

The game’s final goal came on an Amherst penalty stroke with 3:56 remaining in regulation. Sophomore Carly Leahy (Weston, MA) elected to shoot to Winter's right, as the Pioneer keeper managed to get her stick on the ball but could not come up with the difficult save. The final four minutes were scoreless and the Jeffs held on for a 9-0 win.

Winter finished with 10 saves for the Pioneers, who were out-shot 23-0 on the night and allowed 26 penalty corners. The Lord Jeffs return to action Saturday, Sept. 20 when they host Bates College at 11 a.m. Smith will next take on Elms College Wednesday, Sept. 24.