Jeffs Suffer First Loss With Setback at Middlebury
Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Despite getting a goal from Katie McMahon ’13, the 10th-ranked Amherst field hockey team suffered its first setback of the season, falling to No. 3 Middlebury, 3-1, on Kohn Field.
With the loss the Jeffs fell to 5-1 (2-1 NESCAC) on the year, while the Panthers, who secured their second victory over a top-10 opponent in as many days, remained unbeaten at 5-0 (4-0 NESCAC).
Middlebury jumped out early as Lauren Greer ’13 made a nice crossing pass to Anna Kenyon ’16, who converted just 1:52 into the contest. Amherst came back strong with four penalty corners in a three-minute span, but could not tie the game up.
Staying aggressive, the Jeffs did break through at the 8:40 mark, pulling even when McMahon pounced on a rebound off a Krista Zsitvay ’14 shot and beat senior goalkeeper Madeline Brooks.
Regrouping, Middlebury scored a big goal late in the first half on a penalty corner with 10 seconds remaining. Charlotte Gardiner ’13 quickly fed Greer on the right side, who scored with a hard shot from a tough angle into the far side of the cage.
Greer struck again early in the second half, converting a feed from Catherine Fowler ’15 for her ninth of the season.
Amherst looked to make it a one-goal game minutes later, but Brooks made a nice save on a McMahon try to preserve the Panthers’ cushion.
Middlebury finished with a 17-13 shot advantage, with Amherst holding an 8-5 edge in penalty corners. Brooks made eight saves in the win, while sophomore counterpart Rachel Tannenbaum made seven stops.
The Lord Jeffs are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Tufts.