Lauren Benson '08
Junior defender Lauren Benson sparked the Jeffs' comeback effort.,

Jeffs Comeback Cut Short at Springfield

September 20, 2006

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Amherst College women’s field hockey team was in the midst of a heroic come-back when the final whistle blew on their non-conference match-up at Springfield College Wednesday evening. The Jeffs fell behind 3-0 to the Pride, who were led by Jane Kelleher’s (Chatham, MA) pair of goals.

Refusing to give up, the Jeffs pushed hard into the second half, and finally netted their first goal in the 54th minute, when junior defender Lauren Benson (Hamilton, NJ) notched her first goal of the season, with the assist going to first year sensation Haley Douds (South Orange, NJ).

With just 2:32 left in regulation, Amherst's Douds scored another goal to close the gap to one goal, on a pass from Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT). The Jeffs maintained heavy pressure, peppering the Pride defense, and out-shooting Springfield 14-12, and winning the penalty corner battle 11-4.

In the final minute, Amherst had two penalty corners but was unable to find the equalizer, falling to 1-3 on the season.

The goalie tandem of Kathleen Boucher (Washington, D.C.) and Jane Mostue (Lincoln, MA) combined on the evening for the Jeffs for 9 saves, while Pride junior Emma Kaplan (Ridgefield, NJ) and Julia Kincade (Durham, NC) paired for 12 saves on the night.

The Jeffs return to action against NESCAC rival Tufts this Saturday at home at 11 a.m.