Field Hockey Shuts Out Springfield, 7-0

Courtesy of Springfield Sports Information


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The 10th-ranked Amherst field hockey team erupted for five goals in a 16-minute first half span, defeating Springfield College 7-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Stagg Field.

With the win, Amherst improved to 4-0 on the season, while Springfield evened its record at 3-3. Shutting out the Pride for the third-consecutive year, while outscoring Springfield 16-0 during that span, the Jeffs have taken four-straight from their Pioneer Valley rivals, having last lost in 2008.

Controlling much of the game, Amherst owned a 26-5 edge in shots, including a 15-1 cushion in the first. Five different Jeffs factored into the scoring, led by Madeline Tank ’15 and Alex Philie ’14, who each recorded a pair of goals. Katie McMahon ’13 and Krista Zsitvay ’14 added a goal and an assist apiece, while Ellie Andersen ’15 accounted for the other Amherst score.

Despite giving up seven goals, Springfield’s Timarie Villa ’16 had a strong showing in the cage, finishing with 17 stops, while Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 made four saves to pick up her fourth win.

Philie opened up the scoring at 6:18 after ripping a ball from eight yards out into the left corner of the cage. At the 10:06 mark, Tank cleaned up a rebound in front, flipping a shot over a sprawled out Villa. Just 4:26 later, Andersen stuffed home another rebound on the goal line for the visitors’ third tally, before McMahon delivered a great inside look to Zsitvay for another Amherst marker at 15:01.

The Lord Jeffs scored their final goal of the first half at 22:32 on a great individual effort by Tank. After having her initial bid saved by Villa, she dove and poked home her second strike of the opening 35 minutes of play.

Staying aggressive in the second, the Amherst connected on another long drive by Philie at 46:44, before McMahon capped off scoring in the 63rd minute by spinning through traffic in front.

The Jeffs return to action on Saturday, Sept. 22 against Hamilton.