Philie, McMahon Lead Jeffs Past Colby, 6-0

Contact: Matthew Hart


AMHERST, Mass. – Alex Philie ’14 tallied two goals and two assists while Katie McMahon '13 notched a pair of scores and a helper of her own as the Amherst College field hockey team raced to a 6-0 shutout of NESCAC rival Colby on Gooding Field Saturday.

The Lord Jeffs topped the Mules for the fifth straight time, improving to 7-3 (4-3 NESCAC) with the win, while Colby fell to 4-7 (0-7 NESCAC) with the setback.

Philie got things started for Amherst, scoring from the left post in the ninth minute on the rebound from a McMahon shot. Six minutes later, the junior midfielder factored in another tally, finding Annika Nygren ’16 near the left post for the rookie’s first collegiate goal.

Amherst kept things rolling, with McMahon finding the back of the net twice before halftime. First, in the 18th minute, she scored over the head of Colby keeper Michelle Burt, with Krista Zsitvay ’14 earning the assist after a rebound led to a scrum in front of the net. McMahon struck again in the 30th, this time bringing the ball in on her own and deking a defender before beating Burt to stake the Jeffs to a 4-0 halftime advantage with her team-leading 10th tally of the season.

Philie figured in both second-half goals for Amherst, first assisting Madeline Tank ’15 on a shot from the left post in the 38th minute, then finishing off a corner in the 45th when McMahon found her for a low drive to the left post.

The Jeff defense held total control of its end, limiting Colby to just three shots on the afternoon, none of them on goal. Amherst, meanwhile, peppered the Mule net with 29 attempts, as Burt finished with 12 saves. Sarah Evans took over in goal for Colby during the second half and held the Jeffs scoreless for the final 25 minutes, making a pair of saves in the effort.

Amherst will be right back in action on Sunday, hosting Bowdoin in a 1 p.m. Senior Day matchup from Gooding Field.