Oct. 10, 2009

Courtesy of Amherst

AMHERST, MA - The 20th-ranked Amherst College field hockey team upset 10th-ranked NESCAC rival Middlebury College this afternoon on Gooding Field in Amherst, Mass. The Lord Jeffs got a trio of goals from senior tri-captain Haley Douds (S. Orange, NJ) in the win to improve to 7-3 (3-3 NESCAC) on the year, and drop Middlebury to 6-3 (3-3).

Douds and Amherst started the scoring early, netting the first goal of the day just 4:27 into the game. On an Amherst penalty corner, Douds swept the ball out to sophomore Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT), who found junior Carly Leahy (Weston, MA). Leahy hit Douds once again for a goal from close range to put Amherst up 1-0.

Just 32 seconds went by before Douds struck again. Just a moment after the restart from the first goal, Amherst senior tri-captain Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT) pushed a slow through pass to release Douds into space behind the Panther defense. Douds beat Middlebury goalie Madeline Brooks to the ball, and re-directed a shot through her legs for the breakaway score.

Middlebury responded just over a minute later, as Charlotte Gardiner knocked home a Heather McCormack feed off a broken play down the Amherst end line. Lord Jeff netminder Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT) looked like she might be able to dive in front of the McCormack bid, but the ball trickled through to cut the Amherst lead to 2-1.

Middlebury's Lauren Greer and Amherst's Kaitlyn McInnis (Franklin, MA) traded scores to close out the first half with Amherst leading 3-2. Shortly after halftime, Douds completed her hat trcik with another goal off a penalty corner. Dudzik had her hand in the score once again, with Liz Schink (Chicago, IL) grabbing the other assist on the goal.

Vitale finished the day with nine saves for the Lord Jeffs, while Brooks and Becca Shaw combined for six stops in net for the Panthers. Amherst's four goals is the highest total any team has posted against Middlebury this season, while the win breaks the Panther's five-game winning streak.

Amherst will return to action on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. for a non-conference tilt against Westfield State College.