Field Hockey Suffers Loss At Amherst

October 10, 2009

The 20th-ranked Amherst field hockey team upset 10th-ranked Middlebury, 4-2 on Gooding Field in Amherst, Mass. The Lord Jeffs got a trio of goals from Haley Douds in the win to improve to 7-3 (3-3 NESCAC) on the year, while drops 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 Carly Dudzik, who found Carly Leahy. 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's Molly Malloy 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 to make it a 2-1 game.

Middlebury's Lauren Greer and Amherst's Kaitlyn McInnis traded scores to close out the first half with Amherst leading 3-2. Shortly after halftime, Douds completed her hat trick with another goal off a penalty corner. Dudzik had her hand in the score once again, with Liz Schink 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.