AMHERST, Mass. — Sarah McCarrick, Katie McMahon and Madeline Tank scored two goals apiece to lead Amherst to a 7-0 win against Gwynedd-Mercy Wednesday evening in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Griffins entered the game averaging 4.19 goals and 23 shots per game, but it was the Lord Jeffs who attempted 41 shots while allowing the visitors to attempt only 12, six of which were saved by Rachel Tannenbaum. Kelly Kruk took the loss despite stopping 13 of Amherst’s shots in the first 60:56.
Amherst got its first goal on a penalty corner in the eighth minute of the opening half. A shot by Carly Dudzik resulted in the first of four defensive saves for Erin Gorenflo, but McMahon corralled the loose ball and beat Kruk to give the Jeffs a 1-0 lead.
The Griffins nearly tied the game less than five minutes later on a penalty corner of their own, but they were kept off the board after Tannenbaum stopped a pair of shots and Stephanie Clegg ’12 came up with a defensive save. The visitors had another great chance with 11 minutes to play in the half, but Tannenbaum made another nice save and the rebound attempt by Sarah Jackson was chipped over the cage.
The Lord Jeffs carried a 2-0 lead into halftime when Alex Philie ’14 delivered a pass from the right side to classmate Krista Zsitvay ’14 on the doorstep. With 3:47 showing on the clock, Zsitvay deflected Philie’s cross to pick up her 14th goal of the season.
Tank made it a 3-0 game when she took advantage of a failed clear by the Gwynedd-Mercy defense 3:30 into the second half. The Griffins then put together a dominant five-minute stretch but came up empty, as their spurt ended with a defensive save by McCarrick.
McMahon put the game out of reach shortly after when she finished off a great play by Dudzik. After receiving a pass at the top of the circle on a penalty corner, Dudzik faked a pass, split two defenders and dished the ball to McMahon in front of the goal, allowing Amherst’s leading scorer to increase the Jeffs’ lead to 4-0 with 21:36 to play.
Tank added an insurance marker with 14:20 on the clock and McCarrick scored twice in the final four minutes, with her second goal coming on a penalty stroke. Amherst’s defense was tested several times but never broke, keeping the Griffins off the board for its seventh shutout of the season.