Amherst Defeats Williams 2-1 on Malloy's Overtime Winner

Junior Molly Malloy scored the game-winner in
overtime against Williams.
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College field hockey team picked up an impressive overtime win over visiting NESCAC and Little Three archrival Williams College this afternoon on the turf of Gooding Field. Amherst grabbed the game-winner from junior scoring leader Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT) just 4:37 into the extra frame for a 2-1 win.

Prior to the start of today’s game, Amherst recognized the five members of this year’s graduating class who were playing in their final regular season home game for the Lord Jeffs. Seniors Caki Guinee (Baltimore, MD), Louise Stevenson (Dallas, TX), Alyssa Dudzik (Darien, CT), Catherine Calvert (Lawrenceville, NJ) and Jane Mostue (Lincoln, MA) were all thanked for their contributions to the program over the last four seasons.

Early in the first half, Williams had the first solid scoring chance as Jess Overlander put a shot on Amherst’s frame just five minutes in. Junior Tierney Healey (Moreland Hills, OH) came up big for the Jeffs with a defensive save, her fourth of the season.

The Ephs got on the board first with 19:54 remaining in the first half, as Overlander scoring on a direct shot off a corner. The assists went to teammates Amy Siedlecki and Julia Nawrocki.

With 11:57 to play in the half, Amherst tied the game on a goal by sophomore Liz Schink (Chicago, IL). Off a penalty corner, Dudzik played the ball across to first-year Sarah McCarrick (New Canaan, CT) who found Schink for the score.

In the second half of play, Williams goalie Katrina Tulla made a pair of nice saves with 26 minutes remaining to keep Amherst off the board. Tulla stopped a hard shot by Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT) after a corner, and then turned away a Chrissy Cantore (Hershey, PA) shot on the rebound.

With just about 20 minutes to play in regulation, Amherst’s goaltender Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT) made a sprawling save one-on-one with Eph Anne de Saint Phalle.

Down the stretch, Amherst had a pair of series that resulted in heavy pressure on the Williams goal and a handful of penalty corners. Williams responded with a pair of its own corners in the final minute, but neither team scored.

In overtime, Amherst needed less than five minutes to set up the game-winner. After bringing the ball up-field in transition, Schink centered the ball from the left side to Malloy, who knocked in the game-winner for her seventh score of the year.

With the win, Amherst improves to 9-4 (5-3 NESCAC), while the Ephs drop to 6-7 (3-5 NESCAC). The Lord Jeffs will return to action on Friday afternoon for their regular season finale at Trinity College. The game is set to begin at 5 p.m.