Tank Nets Four in 8-2 Win Over Springfield
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Madeline Tank ’14 netted a career-high four goals to lead the 14th-ranked Amherst field hockey team to a decisive 8-2 victory over Springfield College.
Extending their win streak over the Pride to five games dating back to 2008, the Jeffs notched their third-consecutive triumph to improve to 3-2 overall.
Seven different Jeffs factored into the scoring as Amherst enjoyed its highest offensive output of the season. Coming off a hat-trick against Williams over the weekend, Krista Zsitvay ’14 dished out three assists, while Katie Paolano ’16 had a goal and an assist. Ellie Andersen ’15, Kerry Fusco ’15 and Sarah Culhane ’17 accounted for the other four Jeff tallies, while Annie Turnbull ’16 chipped in with a helper.
Jumping out an early lead, Springfield netted the game’s first marker just 6:04 after the opening whistle. Cleaning up a Taylor Friedman ’17 rebound, Kelly Gallo ’14 tucked a shot into the lower left corner of the cage, ending the Pride’s four-year scoring drought against their Pioneer Valley rivals and giving Springfield its first goal against Amherst since the 2009 season.
Just over 12 minutes later, the Purple & White responded. Coming up the right side, Zsitvay found a charging Fusco in front, who tipped in the equalizer at 18:12. A little over a minute later, Zsitvay set up another teammate, this time crossing a feed to Tank who poked it past sophomore goalkeeper Timarie Villa. Capping off an impressive four-plus minute stretch, Zsitvay notched her third assist of the afternoon, playing the ball to the left post toward Andersen, who slotted her second of the season into the right side.
Narrowly missing an opportunity to extend the margin with 10 minutes to go in the half, the Jeffs tacked on a pair of scores in the final 7:54 of the frame. Gaining possession just above the circle in the 28th minute, Turnbull fed Tank, who dribbled it toward the cage before ripping a shot into the right side. With just over five minutes to go before the intermission, Culhane hammered home a rebound off a Paolano shot to make it 5-1.
Picking up where they left off after the break, Paolano raced up the right side before finding Tank on the backpost for a score just 1:59 after the restart. Nine minutes later, Tank buried her fourth of the day, corralling a rebound after a scrum in front and pushing it over the goal line for her sixth marker of 2013. Springfield’s MK Murray ’14 had the Pride’s other goal, an unassisted tally at 59:45, before Paolano wrapped up the scoring with a marker in the 62nd minute.
The home team finished with a 30-7 advantage in shots and a 16-2 edge in penalty corners. Amherst starting goalkeeper Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 had three saves, while Villa made seven stops before being pulled for Juliana Barrasso ’17 at the 29:29 mark of the first half.
The Jeffs return to action on Saturday, Sept. 28 with a showdown against No. 2 Tufts.