McMahon's OT Winner Gives Amherst 2-1 Win and No. 4 Seed

Katie McMahon scored in overtime to give Amherst
a 2-1 win over Trinity and a NESCAC home game
as the No. 4 seed.

AMHERST, MA – The 16th-ranked Amherst College field hockey team closed out its regular season this evening with a 2-1 overtime win over 19th-ranked Trinity College at Gooding Field. The victory is the fifth straight, and 11th in the last 12 games for the Lord Jeffs.

The win improves Amherst to 11-3 (6-3 NESCAC) and clinches the No. 4 in the upcoming NESCAC Championship for the Lord Jeffs. Amherst will take on 5th-seeded Wesleyan at home on Sunday at 1 p.m. Trinity falls to 8-6 (5-4) with the loss, and will head to Middlebury as the No. 6 seed on Sunday with the loss.

At the midpoint of the first half, Amherst had registered the only two shots of the game. With just under 15 minutes to play, Trinity had a flurry of offensive action with a pair of corners and three shots. Amherst senior goalie Liz Schink (Chicago, IL) was up the task, keeping Trinity from taking an early lead.

With just 1:48 to play in the first half, Amherst scored the game’s opening goal. Points leader Katie McMahon (Denville, NJ) dished out her NESCAC-leading 14th assist of the year to Rachel Lupien (Baltimore, MD) on the left side of the goal. Lupien snuck a soft shot under Trinity goalie Gina Dinallo for the 1-0 lead.

Trinity earned a penalty corner with no time left in the first half, but Amherst junior Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT) came flying off the line to deflect a Bantam pass at the top of the circle and end the threat.

With 22:33 to play in the second half, Trinity got an equalizer from Paige Duke. Off a Bantam corner, Schink made the initial save, but Duke was there on the doorstep to bang home the rebound, tying the game 1-1.

As regulation ticked away, both teams pushed forward looking to earn a corner. Both defenses held strong as the second half finished tied 1-1.

Halfway through the first overtime, Dudzik nearly scored on a corner. After moving the ball from left to right across the top of the circle, Dudzik’s drive was pushed clear by Dinallo’s blocker.

Amherst stole the sudden victory on a beautiful goal in seven-on-seven play. Dudzik controlled the ball through the midfield, and lifted a soft pass between two Bantam defenders to spring McMahon in one-on-one with Dinallo. The Trinity goalie came off her line, but McMahon corralled the ball and lifted a shot into the side of the goal from a tough angle to seal the victory, 2-1, for Amherst. The game-winner was McMahon’s 18th of the season, while Dudzik dished out her seventh helper of the year.

Dinallo and Schink each finished the game with four saves. Since moving from forward into the Amherst net, the Schink is 3-0 with a 1.34 goals-against average. Dinallo falls to 8-6 on the year with the loss.