Jeffs Fall Short at Bowdoin in Battle of Nationally-Ranked Teams

Carly Dudzik '12 scored two goals for Amherst.

Courtesy of Bowdoin College

BRUNSWICK, ME – The 14th-ranked Amherst College field hockey team overcame a 3-1 deficit in Saturday afternoon’s NESCAC showdown with Bowdoin College, but the 11th-ranked Polar Bears scored with 12:06 remaining and held on for the 4-3 win in what was the season opener for both squads.

Bowdoin’s Jessie Small netted the game winner, while Katie Herter scored twice for the hosts. Junior midfielder Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT) had a pair of goals for the Lord Jeffs, with first-year Alex Philie (East Sandwich, MA) accounting for the other.  

The teams traded goals in the early going, as Herter cracked a shot from the top of the circle to give the Polar Bears a 1-0 lead just 2:26 into the contest. Moments later, on Amherst's first push downfield, senior Liz Schink (Chicago, IL) centered a pass to Dudzik, who slapped home a one-timer to knot the game at 6:39.

Bowdoin took control with a pair of goals that hovered around halftime, as Herter scored her second tally with a tip in front before intermission, and Elizabeth Clegg knocked home a loose ball in front just after the break to give the hosts a 3-1 advantage.

Amherst stormed back with pair of goals in a five-minute span midway through the period. Philie took a feed from Chrissy Cantore '12 (Hershey, PA) and buried a one-time chance to cut the lead to 3-2 at 49:18 before Dudzik tallied her second of the contest on a hard shot from the top at 54:10 to tie the game. Cantore assisted on Amherst's second and third goals.

Small scored the game winner after taking a pass from Clegg. The senior forward's initial shot bounced off the pads of Lord Jeff netminder Claudia Easton '14 (Mendenhall, PA) before Small pounced on the rebound to put Bowdoin ahead. A late Amherst rally fell short, as the Jeffs could not convert on a penalty corner with time expiring.

Easton took the loss for Amherst after playing the entire first half and the majority of the second frame, making four saves against four goals. Kayla Lessard stopped three shots in net for Bowdoin.

Bowdoin has won eight of its past nine games against Amherst and now leads the all-time series, 14-11. The Lord Jeffs will look to rebound tomorrow when they wrap up a weekend road trip with a NESCAC game against Bates College at noon. A live webcast of Sunday’s game will be provided.