MIDDLEBURY, Vermont -- The Amherst College women's field hockey team, ranked 17th in the nation, gave the #1 ranked Middlebury Panthers a serious scare Saturday afternoon in Vermont. Middlebury ended a scoreless tie with 8 minutes remaining in the second half but Amherst did not throw in the towel. The Lord Jeffs persevered through the remaining minutes and witnessed Mairin Brady fire a close range shot past the Middlebury goalie with just 25 seconds left on the clock. The game went into a sudden death overtime period that closely resembled the scoreless tie of the first 75 minutes of the contest. Both teams delivered heavy rushes at the goal, but keepers Sensing and Parmelee stood firm. With 38 seconds remaining in the extra period, Middlebury's Heidi Howard got a clear shot at the Amherst goal coming in from the right side and blasted a shot over the extended right arm of Sensing.
Despite the loss, Amherst coach Chris Paradis was very upbeat about the Jeff's performance against one of the top teams in the country. "It was by far the best game of field hockey I've seen at Amherst. I am very proud of the way the team responded after they scored a goal with 8 minutes left. We dug in deep and fought hard all the way through the overtime. We played a very strong game."
The Jeffs hit the field again this Thursday afternoon on the road against Clark University (4:00 pm).