Bantams Spoil Lord Jeffs Unbeaten Record
Early Season Matchup Between NESCAC Powers Bounces To Trinity
AMHERST, Massachusetts -- The 11th ranked Lord Jeff Women's Field Hockey Team fell in a heartbreaker to NESCAC rival Trinity College Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field on the Amherst campus. The loss was the first for the Lord Jeffs, whose record now stands at 2-1. The Trinity College Bantams, fresh off a 19-0 pounding of Elms College (an new NCAA record) still remain undefeated.
Saturday afternoon was the tale of two different games. The first half belonged to the Bantams. In the initial frame, the Trinity women outshot the Lord Jeffs 13-0 and held a dominant 7-1 edge in penalty corner shots. The Bantams, however, were unable to capitalize on their shot advantage as the score remained 0-0 at the intermission.
After some key adjustments by Amherst coach Chris Paradis during the break, the Lord Jeffs came out of the gates flying. The second half saw Amherst outshoot the Bantams 6-2, but, like the Bantams of the first half, Amherst was unable to turn the advantage into points on the scoreboard. The game came down to a Trinity rush at the Amherst goalie Beth Sensing, who hadn't given up a score yet this season. At the 31:35 point in the second, Trinity's Nancy Dwyer took control of the ball and knocked it into the Amherst goal.
Amherst clawed back several times in the last ten minutes, almost sending the game into overtime on a shot taken with just seconds remaining on the clock. Amherst coach Chris Paradis seemed proud of the way her team responded to the early trouble and the way they adjusted in the second half. "I'm just glad we came out and played the way we did in the second. That says a lot about the kind of team we are and the kind of team we will eventually be," said Paradis as she walked off the field in obvious frustration.
The Lord Jeffs will have a chance to get back on the winning track next Wednesday at Wheaton College at 4:00 p.m.
Amherst (2-1) 0 0 -- 0 Trinity (2-0) 0 1 -- 1 Scoring: Trinity: Nancy Dwyer (31:35- half 2) Assist: Whitney Brown Shots on Goal: Amherst: 6 Trinity: 15 Penalty Corners: Amherst: 3 Trinity: 9 Goalie Saves: Amherst (Beth Sensing): 7 Trinity (Melissa Church): 2
# # # September 19, 1998