Malloy's Two Goals Lead Amherst to 3-1 Win Over Colby

Junior Molly Malloy had two goals and an assist in the Jeffs' 3-1 win over Colby.
By Ben Kaplan ’09

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College field hockey team defeated Colby College 3-1 in a NESCAC showdown Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field. Amherst junior Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT) scored two goals, including the eventual game-winner, and added an assist. Malloy’s stellar performance gives her five goals and an assist on the week.  

Lord Jeff first-year Chrissy Cantore (Hershey, PA) scored a goal and assisted on the game-winner, while Colby sophomore Meryl Poulin (Cape Elizabeth, ME) scored the Mules’ lone goal. Amherst improves to 6-4 (3-3 NESCAC) with the win, dropping Colby to 5-6, (1-4 NESCAC).

Amherst scored the game’s first goal with just over 15 minutes remaining in the first half on some clever passing on the frontline. Junior Haley Douds (South Orange, NJ) dribbled down the left side and fed the ball into the circle to her classmate, Malloy.  Malloy collected the ball just left of the goal and swept it passed the goalie to Cantore, who knocked it home into an empty net.

Amherst scored again with less than 30 seconds left in the half to build momentum heading into intermission. Cantore centered the ball from the right of the cage, and Malloy emerged from a crowd and sent it into the left corner of the goal.

The Mules had five penalty corners in the half but only managed two shots on goal, both of which Amherst first-year goalie Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT) saved. Amherst had three first-half corners and four shots.  
Five minutes into the second stanza, Douds flipped the ball over a Colby defender and toward the goal, and Malloy was there to redirect the ball in midair for her second tally of the game, giving the Jeffs a 3-0 lead.

Colby responded quickly, moving the ball into the Amherst circle and capitalizing to get on the board.  Poulin collected a rebound and beat Vitale to cut the deficit to two on what would be the last score of the afternoon.

Vitale finished the day with six saves, and Colby goalie Liz Fontaine (Wilbraham, MA) made eight stops.  The Lord Jeffs out-shot Colby 13-9 and earned one more penalty corner (8-7).

The Lord Jeffs will look to add to their two-game winning streak Thursday, Oct. 15 when they host non-conference foe Babson College on Gooding Field at 6 p.m. Colby returns to action in a road game against non-conference opponent St. Joseph’s Thursday at 3:30 p.m.