Tank Leads Jeffs with Five Points Against Bates

Contact: Justin Long

Ellie Andersen '15 scored a pair of goals in the win.

AMHERST, Mass. – First-year Madeline Tank (Winnetka, Ill.) recorded a goal and three assists, while Krista Zsitvay ’13 (New Vernon, N.J.) and Ellie Andersen ’15 (Phoenixville, Pa.) each scored twice to lead the Amherst College field hockey team during a 7-1 win over Bates College Saturday at Gooding Field.

Tank had the assist on each of the Lord Jeffs’ first three goals and would score the fifth on her own, as Amherst jumped out to a 5-0 halftime lead. The hosts added two goals in the second half before Riley Kuntz ’13 closed out the scoring by putting Bates on the board in the final two minutes.

Amherst improves to 2-0 (2-0 NESCAC) and will host seventh-ranked Middlebury Sunday at 2 p.m. Bates drops to 1-2 (1-1 NESCAC) and will travel to take on Trinity tomorrow at noon.

Amherst nearly got on the board 15 minutes into the opening period when Carly Dudzik ’12 (Darien, Conn.) ripped a shot to the corner, but Bates goalie Becca Otley ’14 made a spectacular diving save to her right.

The rest of the period would be dominated by the Jeffs, who took a 1-0 lead when Zsitvay buried a feed from Tank with 18:59 to play. Goals from Katie McMahon ’13 (Denville, N.J.) and Andersen would be separated by less than five minutes, with Tank providing the assist each time.

The Lord Jeffs pushed their lead to 4-0 when Zsitvay put home a rebound with 4:55 remaining in the half. Just 2:20 later it was Tank who gathered the loose ball after Otley was forced to come off her line, as the Amherst first-year pushed her team’s lead to 5-0 before the break.

Sarah Canning ’14 (Cos Cob, Conn.) picked up her first collegiate goal when she capitalized on a rebound opportunity 6:45 into the second half, making it a 6-0 game in favor of the hosts. It would be nearly 12 minutes before the Jeffs struck again, with Alex Philie ’14 (East Sandwich, Mass.) delivering a perfect pass from the top of the circle to Andersen, who beat Otley on a one-timer for her second marker of the day.

The final goal of the afternoon was scored by Bates with only 1:55 remaining in regulation. A shot by senior co-captain Sarah Merullo was knocked away by substitute goalkeeper Claudia Easton ’14 (Mendenhall, Pa.), but Kundtz was there on the rebound for her first goal of the season.

Otley finished with 12 saves in 57 minutes and 30 seconds of action, while Kelsey Freedman ’15 made one save and did not allow a goal in 12:30 of relief. Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 (Berwyn, Pa.) improved to 2-0 for Amherst by making one stop in 61:38, while Easton stopped one shot and allowed a goal in the final 8:22.

Amherst held a 32-4 advantage in shots and a 24-2 edge in penalty corners.