SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Katie McMahon and Sarah McCarrick each scored a goal to lead the Amherst into the NCAA championship quarterfinal round, as the Lord Jeffs earned a 2-0 victory against Skidmore.
Amherst (15-3) will take on Middlebury (15-3) Sunday at 1 p.m. at Skidmore with a trip to the national semifinals on the line. The Jeffs defeated the Panthers on Sept. 18 by a score of 3-1, but Middlebury won the rematch in the NESCAC semifinals, 2-1 (OT).
The Lord Jeffs tied the program record for victories in a season, matching the 15 earned by the 1999 squad that advanced to the NCAA title game. Skidmore ends its season at 18-2 after having its 29-game home win streak come to a close.
The teams battled back and forth for the early part of the opening half before Amherst broke through with the game’s first goal at 19:15. Off a penalty corner, McMahon sent an insert to Carly Dudzik, who gave the ball right back to McMahon at the near post for her 17th goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.
The Thoroughbreds’ best chance came at the end of the first half on a pair of corners with no time left. Skidmore got three shots on target, but Amherst goalie Rachel Tannenbaum denied two of them and Stephanie Clegg came up with a defensive save on the other, preserving the 1-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, the Thoroughbreds came out aggressively but were unable to break through the tough Amherst defense. At the 49:08 mark, the Lord Jeffs made it a 2-0 game on McCarrick’s seventh goal of the season. McCarrick took a pass from McMahon on a corner and blasted it from the wing to cap the scoring for the game.
Amherst held a 15-8 edge in shots and a 10-7 advantage in penalty corners. Tannenbaum finished with six saves for her eighth shutout of the season, while Haley McDougall had eight saves in net for Skidmore.