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Katherine Ryan '03
Senior Katherine Ryan notched the game-winner in overtime

Ryan's Game-Winner Propels Field Hockey to 1-0 Upset Over Williams

October 26, 2002

AMHERST, MA - Amherst senior Katherine Ryan (Westborough, MA) chased down a loose ball, dribbled around a Williams College defender and flipped the ball into the goal four minutes into overtime to propel the Amherst College field hockey team to a stunning 1-0 upset over the visiting Ephs in Saturday's Senior Day NESCAC matchup. With the loss, the Ephs, who entered the game ranked 19th nationally in the latest STX/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll, drop to 10-2 overall and 6-2 in conference play. Amherst, meanwhile, hoists itself to a 6-7 overall record and a 3-5 NESCAC mark.

The two halves of regulation marked aggressive play from both teams. Amherst senior Abby Ouimet (Hatfield, MA) and junior Christine Ryan (Summit, NJ) notched three shots each over the first two periods of play. Senior co-captain defender Carlyn Lamia (Chevy Chase, MD) also got off a shot on goal, and the Jeffs managed seven penalty corners overall. The Williams defense was stringent, however, and the Amherst sticks couldn't find the back of the net. Eph senior goalkeeper Monelle Quevillon (Masouche, PQ) notched three saves in regulation.

Meanwhile, on Amherst's end of the field, first-year Jeff goalkeeper Anne McMullin (St. Louis, MO) was busy - the rookie denied Williams a goal via five saves in regulation, including a dramatic lay-out stop 25 minutes into the first half. Ryan also helped out on defense with a defensive save 21 minutes into the second half of regulation. The Ephs battled through the Amherst defense to register 12 shots over the first 70 minutes of play - including four each from juniors Molly Jennings (Greenwich, CT) and Victoria Scott (Cambridge, MA) - and earned 16 penalty corners.

The early minutes of overtime signaled more of the same from both teams - Amherst managed two shots and a goalkeeper save before Ryan's tally ended the game, while Williams added another shot and two goalkeeper saves to its day before the contest ended. The hard-fought Amherst victory was marked by a bittersweet occasion - on Senior Day, the five Amherst seniors played their last scheduled home game for the Jeffs. Over a four-year span, seniors Jenna Obelsky (Stoughton, MA), Ouimet, Ryan, Lamia and co-captain Molly O'Connnor (Baltimore, MD) have amassed an enviable 44-17 record, including a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and a trip to the NCAA National Championship game in 1999.

A week from today, Amherst will make its last argument in the jockeying for rankings in the NESCAC, traveling to Hartford to meet Trinity College at 11 a.m. in the regular-season finale. The NESCAC Championship Tournament, the winner of which receives the conference bid to the NCAA Tournament, will kick off on Sunday, Nov. 3.


Saturday, October 26, 2002

 

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  2  

  OT  

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  F

Williams College (10-2/6-2)

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  0  

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  0

Amherst College (6-7/3-5)

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SCORING:
A - Katherine Ryan (unassisted) 74:35

GOALTENDING:
W - Monelle Quevillon (74:35, 1 GA, 5 saves)
A - Anne McMullin (74:35, 0 GA, 6 saves)

SHOTS:
W - 13; A - 10

PENALTY CORNERS:
W - 16; A - 7