Amherst Battles Springfield For 1-0 Loss in Mid-Week Game

Emily Vitale turned away 13 shots and a
penalty stroke in the loss.

From a Springfield College Release

SPRINGFIELD, MA - The Amherst College field hockey team traveled south to face non-conference foe Springfield College this evening in a mid-week matchup. The Lord Jeffs battled hard against the Pride, but fell 1-0 to fall to 3-2 on the season.

Springfield's Emily Murray collected a rebound off a shot and found the back of the cage for the lone goal of the game. The Pride, currently ranked 20th in the country, improved to 4-2 on the year with the win.

The Pride had a terrific chance to add the first tally of the game as Jane Kelleher was awarded a penalty stroke at the 11:39 mark.  However, Amherst keeper Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT) made an outstanding save on the All-American to keep the Pride off the scoreboard.

Springfield finally got on the board with 22:24 left in the contest as Murray found the back of the cage for her third goal of the year.  After a teammate’s shot was blocked off a penalty corner, Murray blasted home a rebound in front of the cage.

Catherine Calvert (Lawrenceville, NJ) nearly equalized for Amherst in the second half, but a defensive save by Katherine McCarthy preserved the Pride victory.

Alison McCarthy  finished 11 saves in the game en route to the shutout victory for Springfield.  Vitale made 13 saves of her own in the loss.

For the contest, the Pride outshot the visiting Lord Jeffs, 20-16, while the Amherst owned a 12-10 edge in penalty corners.

Amherst returns to action on Saturday at Bowdoin for an 11 a.m. game against the defending NESCAC and National Champions.