CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts -- After the weekend game against Colby, Coach Paradis told her team that they needed to utilize their talent and depth by starting faster. The Amherst College Women's Field Hockey squad responded to their coach's advice Wednesday night. Despite a delayed start due to a lightning storm in the Boston skies and inexperience playing on artificial turf, the Lord Jeffs stormed out of the gates and shut down the M.I.T effort.
It took merely five minutes into the match for junior Alie Stechenberg to take a pass from fellow junior Tyra Gettleman for the first Amherst goal. It was Stechenberg's second goal in as many games. The Amherst squad outshot the Engineers 14-2 in the first half.
The second half saw a little more of the same. With about 15 minutes to play, senior Tri-Captain Marnie Huffman-Green scored an unassisted goal to put the Jeffs up 2-0. To summarize the stranglehold Amherst had upon the M.I.T attack, the Jeffs outshot the Engineers 9-0 in the second, thanks to stellar defensive efforts by senior Tri-Captains Jen Corso and Huffman-Green, and goalie Beth Sensing. The freshman goalie hasn't had any trouble adjusting to the college game. In two appearances, Sensing has posted two consecutive shut-outs.
Despite their outstanding performance thus far this season, Coach Paradis still feels there is much room for improvement. "In the game last night, there were four legitimate scoring opportunities that we missed. We need to capitalize on our chances and hit the open goal," said Paradis. It is impossible, however, not to sense the Amherst coach's excitement about the potential of her 1998 team. "I played 16 girls against Colby and 17 against M.I.T. Those numbers simply attest to our unbelievable depth this year."
The Amherst Women's Field Hockey team squares off Saturday afternoon at 1:00 at home against NESCAC rival Trinity College.
Amherst 1 1 -- 2 M.I.T 0 0 -- 0 Scoring: Amherst: Alie Stechenberg (24:20- half 1) Assist: Tyra Gettleman Amherst: Marnie Huffman-Green (15:40 half 2) unassisted Shots on Goal: Amherst: 23 M.I.T: 2 Goalie Saves: Amherst: 2 M.I.T: 13