Field Hockey Earns 3-1 Win Over Bates

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Haley Douds scored the game-winner against Bates.

by Ben Kaplan '09

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College field hockey team topped Bates College 3-1 in a NESCAC matchup,  moving to 2-1 in conference play and 3-1 overall.  Sophomore forward Haley Douds (South Orange, NJ) netted the game-winner, and the victorious Jeffs also got goals from senior forward Caki Guinee (Baltimore, MD) and her classmate Alyssa Dudzik (Darien, CT).

Amherst dominated possession early, earning a total of 11 first-half penalty corners.  Midway through the first stanza, the Jeffs appeared to take the lead on a rocket from first-year Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT) after a nifty dodge on a broken corner, but the goal was reversed on an obstruction call.  Continuing the offensive pressure, Amherst finally found the back of the net when Guinee, who scored twice earlier in the week against Smith College, continued her scoring onslaught when she swept in a cross from sophomore Liz Schink (Chicago, IL).  The one-timer from the left of the goal came with under 12 minutes remaining in the first half.

Both teams threatened but failed to convert before halftime.  Bates managed five corners and took four shots, only one of which was on goal.  To go along with its 11 corners, Amherst totaled nine shots, all of which were on goal.  Bobcat goalie Katie McEnroe turned away eight first-half attempts and finished the day with 11 saves.

Bates evened the score four minutes into the second half as Lyndsay Beaton knocked in the equalizer in traffic in front of the Amherst net.  It was the first and last shot of the half for Bates, as Amherst managed to keep the ball in Bobcat territory for the remainder of the game.

With 20 minutes remaining, Schink again sent a beautiful cross through the circle for an assist, this time to Douds, who knocked in the go-ahead score.  Textbook passing led to an Amherst insurance goal just over five minutes later when first-year Chrissy Cantore (Hershey, PA) moved the ball down the field on a break.  Cantore found Guinee, who took it in the circle and crossed it to the elder Dudzik, who tapped in the goal on a full sprint, her second of the season.

Amherst out-shot Bates 15-5 and earned 16 corners to Bates’ six.  Lord Jeff first-year goalie Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT) needed to make only one save to collect her third victory, thanks in large part to the solid play of sweeper Tierney Healey (Moreland Hills, OH).

Bates drops to 1-4 (0-3 in the NESCAC) and will hope to get on track at home in a non-conference game against New England College.  Amherst returns to the field on Wednesday at non-conference rival Springfield College at 7 p.m.

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