Jeffs Bounce Back with 5-1 Win at Bates

Katie McMahon '13 had two goals and two assists.

Courtesy of Bates College

WATERVILLE, ME – Sophomore forward Katie McMahon (Denville, NJ) scored a pair of goals and assisted on two others to lead the 14th-ranked Amherst College field hockey team to a 5-1 win over Bates College Sunday afternoon on Campus Avenue Field.

The Lord Jeffs scored the first five goals of the game before the Bobcats spoiled the shutout attempt with 1:10 remaining in regulation. Amherst earned its first win to improve to 1-1 (1-1 NESCAC) on the season, while Bates drops to 0-2 overall and in the conference.

Amherst put on a dominating performance in the first half, taking advantage of 16 penalty corners in the period and converting four of them into goals for a 4-0 lead at intermission. McMahon set up a pair of goals by Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT), one in the second minute of play and another in the 28th, then blasted home a goal off a rebound in the 33rd minute to make it 4-0.

Senior midfielder Carly Leahy (Weston, MA) also netted a goal for Amherst in the first half, putting home a rebound in the 17th minute. Amherst out-shot Bates 16-2 in the opening frame.

Bates picked up play significantly in the second half and battled the Lord Jeffs to a stalemate in the period. McMahon scored Amherst's lone goal with 19:27 left in the game to make it 5-0, knocking in yet another rebounded save by Bates senior goalie Katie McEnroe.

Bates junior Lyndsay Beaton netted the Bobcats' first goal of the young season with just over a minute left, when she followed up a save by Amherst goalie Sarah Wise ’13 (Akron, OH) by knocking in a loose ball in front of the goal.

McEnroe made 17 saves for Bates, a day after racking up a personal-record 20 saves in a loss to Connecticut College. Wise turned away two shots for the Lord Jeffs. Amherst enjoyed a 33-6 advantage in shots taken and a 19-5 edge in penalty corners. This was the second two-goal game in as many days for Dudzik, who scored twice in a 4-3 loss to Bowdoin on Saturday.

Amherst leads Bates in the all-time series, 8-3, and has won each of the past three meetings. Sunday’s outcome marked the Jeffs’ highest goal total in a conference game since 2007. Amherst will return to action Friday, Sept. 17, when it hosts fourth-ranked Tufts University at 4:30 p.m.