McMahon Scores Four as Amherst Tops Babson 5-1

Katie McMahon scored four goals for Amherst
in the win over Babson.

AMHERST, MA – The 18th-ranked Amherst College field hockey team played host to the Beavers of Babson College this evening in non-conference action at Gooding Field. Amherst sophomore Katie McMahon (Denville, NJ) scored four goals for the Lord Jeffs to power a 5-1 win.

Tonight’s game was the seventh meeting all-time between these two schools, with Amherst now holding a 5-2 edge in the series after its fifth straight win over the Beavers. With the result, Amherst improves its record to 6-2 for the first time since the 2003 season. Babson drops to 8-3 overall with the loss, snapping a six-game winning streak.

Amherst scored the game’s first goal with 29:38 remaining in the first half off a beautifully executed penalty corner. On the restart, McMahon played the ball to the top of the circle for Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT). Dudzik wound up for a hard drive, but laced a pass back to McMahon on the left post for a deflection by Babson netminder Jessica Pashos for the score.

Babson’s Courtney Weaving responded with a spectacular individual effort just 2:20 later. Weaving controlled the ball across the top of the Amherst circle from right to left, and turned her stick over for a long backhand shot that beat Amherst goalie Sarah Wise (Akron, OH). The tie would hold for a little over ten minutes, before Amherst ran away with the game.

Amherst regained the lead with 15:28 to play in the first half, as rookie Krista Zsitvay (New Vernon, NJ) punched home her own rebound on the doorstep. In the final minute of the first half, Pashos came off her line for a diving poke-check on Zsitvay to prevent a breakaway shot, sending Amherst into the half up 2-1.

The Lord Jeffs held a 14-4 edge in shots at the break, and needed just over three minutes of second half action to score their third goal of the night. Amherst’s lead was stretched to 3-1 on a tally from McMahon, with the helper going to first-year Alex Philie (East Sandwich, MA).

McMahon added her third score of the night with 22:52 to play in the second half, bringing Amherst’s advantage to 4-1. The Lord Jeff points leader scored her fourth of the game, and eighth of the year with just under nine minutes to play, sealing the result at 5-1.

Pashos made 15 saves for Babson in the loss, while Wise turned away a pair of attempts in the win for Amherst. The Lord Jeffs will return to action on Saturday at Middlebury, while Babson will take on Mount Holyoke at home.