Tank Nets Game Winner in 3-2 Victory Over Bates
Contact: Ben Badua
LEWISTON, Maine - Four different Jeffs factored into the scoring as the 11th-ranked Amherst field hockey team earned a hard-fought 3-2 decision over Bates College.
Improving to 3-0 (1-0 NESCAC) on the season, the Jeffs extended their win streak over the Bobcats to five games, having last suffered a loss to their northern rivals during the 2007 season.
Hoping to break the Amherst streak, Bates’ Bridget Meedzan ’14 wasted little time putting the home team on the board, netting her first of the season off a Polly Merck ’14 assist in the sixth minute.
Pulling the visitors even, Krista Zsitvay ’14 tracked down a rebound near the top of the circle, before lifting a shot into the back of the Bobcat cage at 11:15. Less than three minutes later, Meedzan struck again, connecting on a Laura Baran ’13 helper to give the Bobcats the lead heading into the intermission.
Looking to jumpstart the Amherst attack, Ellie Andersen ’15 took it in alone on net less than five minutes into the second, evading goalkeeper Becca Otley ’14 before sliding a shot into the right corner. Tacking on a score in the 62nd minute, Madeline Tank ’15 corralled a loose ball after a scramble in front, burying the Jeffs third tally to break the deadlock.
Amherst held a 45-6 shot advantage and a 16-3 edge in corners. Sophomore netminder Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 recorded a pair of saves in the win, while Otley made 21 stops in the loss.
The Jeffs return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Springfield.