McMahon Sets Record in Win Over Mount Holyoke

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Katie McMahon '13 became Amherst's all-time leading goal scorer with a hat trick against Mount Holyoke.

AMHERST, Mass. - Katie McMahon ’13 became the Amherst field hockey program’s all-time leading scorer with a hat trick in Tuesday evening’s 8-1 non-conference win over Mount Holyoke College.

Already the Jeffs' all-time leader in points (129) and assists (33), she upped her career goal total to 48, netting her first hat trick since putting up a pair of four-goal efforts during her sophomore season.

Krista Zsitvay ’14 added a pair of scores, while Sarah Canning ’14, Ellie Andersen ’15 and Madeline Tank ’15 also got on the board. Alex Philie ’14 chipped in with an assist, while McMahon added three helpers of her own.

Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 stopped all three shots she faced to earn her second victory of the season, while senior counterpart Anne O’Byrne made 14 saves in the loss. Angelica Pascual ’12, who led the Lyons with three shots, accounted for the visitors’ lone goal.

Holding a decisive 33-11 edge in shots, an aggressive Jeff squad drew 14 penalty corners on the night, while surrendering just seven. Improving to 2-0 on the year, 11th-ranked Amherst recorded its eighth-consecutive victory over Mount Holyoke, with the team’s last loss coming during the 2003 season.

Looking to get off to a fast start, McMahon linked up with Andersen, who snuck a shot inside the right post just 3:15 after the opening whistle. Just over 10 minutes later, Canning beat O’Byrne with low shot that found the back right corner of the cage.

After Zsitvay extended the lead to 3-0 off a penalty corner at 19:05, McMahon buried her first of the season, tapping home a rebound to tie the Jeffs’ career goals mark (46). Continuing to push forward, Zsitvay moved the ball back into the middle of the attacking zone less than two minutes later. Slotting a pass to her left, she found a charging Tank, who ripped a hard shot that deflected off a defender and into the net, giving Amherst a decisive 5-0 edge heading into the intermission.

Picking up right where they left off, McMahon won a loose ball after a scramble in front, putting away her second score of the night to break Amherst’s scoring record just 4:27 into the period. Less than five minutes later, the Denville, N.J. native struck again, this time converting a low shot off a penalty corner and feed from Philie.

Just 4:34 later, Zsitvay made good on another corner opportunity, receiving a pass from McMahon on the left side of the circle before ripping a shot past O’Byrne for Amherst’s eighth and final goal.

The Lord Jeffs return to action on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Bates.