Jeffs Fall to Trinity in Overtime, 1-0
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. – Surrendering the game winner on a penalty stroke with just eight seconds remaining in the first overtime session, the 14th-ranked Amherst field hockey team fell to No. 16 Trinity, 1-0, on Gooding Field.
Dropping their second-straight overtime game to a ranked opponent, the Jeffs moved to 5-3 (2-3 NESCAC), while the Bantams improved to 7-1 (6-1 NESCAC), avenging last year’s 1-0 loss in Hartford. Winning five-straight to open 2012, Amherst has now lost three in a row for the first time since 2006. Snapping the Jeffs’ three-game win streak over Trinity, Anne Parmenter recorded her 100th victory as the head coach of the Bantams.
With less than 12 minutes to go in a scoreless first, Trinity’s Nikki Rivera ’16 tried to lead an oncoming teammate inside the circle on an odd-man rush, but Amherst goalkeeper Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 slid out to intercept the pass. Tracking down the ball on the right side after the attempted clear, Rivera fired a quick shot that found Tannenbaum’s pads.
Locked in a defensive battle, both teams traded possession in the midfield with neither offense able to gain any traction during a closely contested second half. Combining for zero shots and just one penalty corner over the final 18:03 of regulation, the squads opened the first 15 minute extra session still knotted at 0-0.
Generating an early scoring chance, Trinity won a penalty corner less than a minute into the first overtime. Playing the ball to the top of the circle, Sarah Duncan ’14 found Julia Rivera ’14, but Ellie Andersen ’15 got a stick out in front, blocking the try.
Switching fields, Amherst won three penalty corners over the next five minutes, but managed just two shots including a Katie McMahon ’13 attempt that veered wide right. McMahon later got another chance to end it on a shot off a penalty corner with under three to go, but Bantam keeper Anne Marie Scalamnbrino ’14 made a big stop to keep things level.
With under 10 seconds left in the extra session, Trinity drew a penalty stroke following a scrum in front of goal. Stepping up to take the stroke, Duncan beat Tannenbaum to seal the Bantam win.
Amherst finished with a 10-9 shot advantage and a 13-7 edge in penalty corners. Tannenbaum made five saves in the loss, while Scalamnbrino recorded four stops.
The Lord Jeffs return to action on Saturday, Oct. 6 against archrival Williams.