Amherst Comes Back for Huge 4-3 Win at Wesleyan

Carly Dudzik '12 scored the eventual game winner late in the second half.

MIDDLETOWN, CT – The 17th-ranked Amherst College field hockey team scored the game’s final two goals to overcome a 3-2 deficit against Wesleyan University and earn a 4-3 win Saturday afternoon at the Cardinals’ Smith Field. The Lord Jeffs improve to 10-3 (5-3 NESCAC) as winners of nine of their past 10 games.

Carly Dudzik ’12 (Darien, CT) broke a 3-3 tie in the final minutes of the second half to secure the win for Amherst, marking her seventh goal and 20th point of the season. The game winner came when Katie McMahon ’13 (Denville, NJ) delivered a perfect pass on a penalty corner, marking her second assist of the afternoon.

Currently tied with Trinity College (8-5, 5-3 NESCAC) for fourth place in the conference standings, the Lord Jeffs and Bantams will meet Friday, Oct. 29, in Amherst for the season finale. The winner of that game will be one of four quarterfinal hosts in the NESCAC Championship, with the other three hosts already determined.

Wesleyan dropped to 9-4 (4-4 NESCAC) and slipped to sixth place in the standings. Amherst has now defeated the Cardinals in five consecutive meetings, improving to 22-11-2 in the all-time series.

Amherst held a 2-1 lead at halftime thanks to goals from first-years Alex Philie (East Sandwich, MA) and Krista Zsitvay (New Vernon, NJ), with McMahon picking up the assist on the second tally. The Cardinals would take a 3-2 lead 10 minutes into the second half, but McMahon tied things up on an assist from Rachel Lupien ’12 (Baltimore, MD) before Dudzik put home the finishing touch.

Rachel Egan ’11 (Worcester, MA) came up with what proved to be a significant diving defensive save midway through the first half. Liz Schink ’11 (Chicago, IL) played in goal for the Jeffs and earned the win in her second collegiate start, improving to 2-0 for the season. Schink made seven saves and faced 16 shots, while the Jeffs took 13 shots of their own.