McMahon Scores Lone Goal in Amherst's Win Over Mt. Holyoke

Sarah Wise '13 made three saves to earn the shutout and improve to 4-1 for Amherst.

AMHERST, MA – Katie McMahon ’13 (Denville, NJ) scored in the 50th minute to lead the 18th-ranked Amherst College field hockey team to a 1-0 win over Mount Holyoke College Wednesday evening on Gooding Field. Sarah Wise ’13 (Akron, OH) made three saves to earn the shutout for the Lord Jeffs, who improve to 4-2 with their third consecutive win.

Mount Holyoke goalkeeper Katie Gibson ’12 entered the game leading the NEWMAC in goals-against average and save percentage, and she put in another solid performance in allowing only one goal while making 11 saves. Amherst has won seven consecutive games against the Lyons and now leads the all-time series, 26-6-3.

Amherst dominated the stat sheet in the early going, but the final minutes of the first half saw each team fall just shy of scoring the game’s first goal. With 3:30 remaining in the opening frame, a Mount Holyoke penalty corner made its way to Stephanie Slysz ’14, who brought the ball inside the circle and fired a shot past Wise, but defender Stephanie Clegg ’12 (Woburn, MA) was there to make her second defensive save of the season.

The Jeffs nearly got on the board in the final minute of the first half when Krista Zsitvay ’14 (New Vernon, NJ) played a long ball ahead to tri-captain Liz Schink ’11 (Chicago, IL). Schink carried the ball 20 yards before letting her shot rip, but Gibson made a sliding stop to keep the game scoreless heading into the break.

Six minutes into the second half Sarah McCarrick ’12 (New Canaan, CT) came up with another defensive save for Amherst, denying a shot from Angelica Pascual ’13 by batting the ball out of mid-air.

Amherst’s goal began to take form with 20:30 remaining in regulation. McMahon lined up for a penalty corner and delivered a pass to Chrissy Cantore ’12 (Hershey, PA), whose shot on goal was turned away by a Melissa Hartley ’11 defensive save. The ball found its way back to the stick of McMahon, who lofted a shot from the left side to the far post, hitting the side netting to give the Jeffs a 1-0 advantage with 20:14 showing on the clock.

Gibson continued to come up with big saves in the game’s final 20 minutes, but the Lyons were unable to find a solution to Amherst’s defense. The Jeffs held a 22-8 edge in shots and a 9-6 advantage in corners, with eight of their penalty corners coming in the second half.

The Jeffs and Lyons will resume their conference schedules this Saturday, with Amherst heading to Williams for an 11 a.m. showdown with the Ephs and Mount Holyoke hosting Wheaton College at 1 p.m.