Amherst Downs Clark
Lord Jeffs Avenge October 5 Loss in ECAC Tournament First Round
AMHERST, Massachusetts -- When the Amherst College field hockey team lost on October 5th to Clark University, their chances for an NCAA Tournament bid became almost impossible. The team, in fact, did not receive a bid, but did gain a measure of revenge today with a 2-1 ECAC Tournament victory over the same Clark team that spoiled their NCAA dreams.
Amherst (#3 seed in the ECAC Tournament) and Clark (#6 seed) matched one another in the first frame 0-0. Amherst, however, jumped out ahead of the Cougars just ten minutes into the second. On a rebound, Amherst sophomore Gretchen Bowe (Hampstead, NH) jutted the ball past Clark goalkeeper Lynne Bachand (Worcester, MA). Amherst seemed to have the game in hand before Clark made things interesting. With just 3:15 remaining, Clark forward Jaimee DeMone (Westford, MA) took a pass across the crease from Annaliese Brasile (Guilford, CT) and tipped it past Amherst goalkeeper Beth Sensing (Hockessin, DE). With the score tied at one, the game seemed destined to reach an overtime period, reminiscent of the match on October 5th. History, however, would not repeat itself on this day. Amherst junior Alie Stechenberg (Longmeadow, MA), the team's leading scorer, blasted a shot set up by Gretchen Bowe past the outstretched left leg of the Clark goalie to put the game away. The goal was Stechenberg's eighth of the season.
The win catapults the Jeffs into the semifinal round of the ECAC Field Hockey Championships where they will meet the #2 seeded Springfield College Pride on Saturday (site TBA).