Carolyn Shea '08
Sophomore midfielder Carolyn Shea spearheaded a stingy Jeff defense.

Jeffs Suffer First Loss, Fall in Overtime to No. 9 Springfield, 1-0

September 21, 2005

Amherst, MA - The Amherst College field hockey team suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday, falling to ninth-ranked Springfield College in overtime, 1-0. Springfield improved to 6-1 on the season, while the Jeffs dropped to 3-1.

Both teams saw legitimate scoring opportunities in the first half. The Pride threatened first, but to no avail as Amherst sophomore goalkeeper Kathleen Boucher (Washington, DC) made a diving save on an Alisha Miner (Sanbornton, NH) shot just three minutes into play, and Jeff sophomore defender Lauren Benson (Hamilton, NJ) duplicated the effort just seconds later with a critical defensive save on another Miner blast. Amherst responded with near-scores from senior tri-captains Katherine Skrivan (St. Louis, MO) and Molly Gilbert (Penn Valley, PA), but Springfield sophomore goalkeeper Emma Kaplan (Ridgefield, CT) made a pair of slick saves to keep the game deadlocked heading into the break.

The second frame was a battle for field position thanks to stalwart defense from both sides. Sophomore midfielder Carolyn Shea (Summit, NJ) spearheaded the effort for Amherst, intercepting several balls in the Jeff defensive third and turning away myriad Pride transition runs. Boucher tallied two saves in the period and Kaplan notched three to keep the score knotted through the end of regulation.

The Jeffs battled for nearly eight minutes of extra time before Pride senior Sarah Brooker (Auburn, ME) fired a shot at Boucher, and after a clutch save, found the back of the cage on the ensuing rebound. Boucher finished with five saves, while Kaplan turned away six in just under 78 minutes of play.

Amherst returns to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday at NESCAC rival Tufts University.

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