Amherst Field Hockey Falls in Shootout To Tufts University

 

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- In a battle of two of New England's best, the Amherst College Lord Jeffs fell in an overtime shootout to the Jumbos of Tufts University in Saturday morning's field hockey showdown.

The Jeffs got on the scoreboard first thanks to junior Alie Stechenberg (Longmeadow, MA), whose seventh goal of the season gave the hosts a one-goal lead just over eight minutes in. The score would stay that way for much of the rest of the match, with Amherst outshooting Tufts 7-3 in the first half. The second half was more of the same, as the Jeffs outshot the Jumbos 16-7, but Tufts senior attacker Robyn Gawlak (Norwood, MA) notched the game-tying goal with just over 13 minutes to play, while solid play from Tufts sophomore keeper Dena Sloan (Millburn, NJ) kept the Jeffs from tallying the go-ahead goal.

The match headed to overtime, where the momentum reversed, and the Jumbos put together seven shots in the two extra frames. Amherst first-year goalie Beth Sensing (Hockesin, DE) came up big when it counted, however, with six saves in overtime.

With neither team able to score in overtime, the match headed for a shootout, and Tufts prevailed 3-1 on strokes to claim a 2-1 victory over the hosts.

With the victory over Amherst, the Jumbos (11-3) are still on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament, while the Jeffs will, in all likelihood, receive one of the top seeds in next weekend's Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament.

 

Amherst (10-4) 1 0 0 0 (1 in shootout)
Tufts (11-3) 0 1 0 1 (3 in shootout)

SCORING:
(A) Alie Stechenberg (unassisted) 8:30
(T) Robyn Gawlak (Rebecca Litt) 57:00
 
SAVES:
(A) Beth Sensing 7
(T) Dena Sloan 9
 
SHOTS:
(A) 25
(T) 17