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Jeffs Advance With 2-1 Win Over Middlebury
October 24, 2000

AMHERST, Mass. - This time, at least, they didn't need overtime. After matching a school record with wins in three consecutive overtime games, including Saturday's regular season finale, a penalty-stroke thriller at Little III foe Wesleyan University, the Amherst College field hockey team saw only 70 minutes of action on Tuesday. They would need most of it, however, in order to rally from an early Middlebury College goal, as a late tally from first-year Christine Ryan (Summit, NJ) gave second-seeded Amherst a 2-1 decision over the seventh-seeded Panthers in the opening round of the first NESCAC field hockey championship.

The Jeffs were forced to rally after Middlebury wasted little time in grabbing an early lead. Just 70 seconds into regulation, Panther attacker Char Glessner (Ipswich, MA) converted a feed from junior Billie Goodman (Doylestown, PA) to give the visitors the early lead. The Panthers sent four early shots on the Amherst net and junior Jeff goalie Beth Sensing (Hockessin, DE), as they looked to avenge the Jeffs' 1-0 victory in Middlebury in their lone meeting of the regular season on October 7.

The Amherst defense, playing without injured starter Laurie Smith (Wilmington, DE), kept Middlebury from widening the lead, as the Jeff offense began to gain back momentum. The rest of the opening 35 minutes were dominated by Amherst, as the Jeffs outshot Middlebury 15-5 in the opening half, earning seven penalty corners to the Panthers' one.

Just before halftime, Amherst broke through, courtesy of a tally from junior midfielder Marcy Busch (Scarsdale, NY). Busch finished off a perfect set-up pass from Co-captain Mairin Brady (Bethesda, MD) to equalize the match with 1:34 remaining in the opening half.

The score would stay that way through halftime and most of the second half, as the latter 35-minute period turned into a battle for possession in the midfield. As opposed to the two teams' 20 shots in the opening period, the squads combined for only seven in the second half, and it was the last shot of the day for Amherst that made the difference.

After a free hit from sophomore back Kristin Harrison (Dedham, MA), the ball skirted through the penalty circle to Ryan, who was on the far side of Middlebury goalie Becca Randall (Chatham, MA). Ryan finished Harrison's feed with 5:34 remaining, giving the Jeffs a lead they would not relinquish.

In the final field hockey game for Panther coach Missy Foote, the visitors mounted one last, late rally, but a pair of defensive stops late from sophomore Molly O'Connor (Baltimore, MD) and from junior Anne Close (Limekiln, PA) preserved the one-goal victory for the Jeffs.

With the win, the Jeffs improve to 14-1 on the season, and advance to Saturday's semifinal against third-seeded Williams College, who defeated sixth-seeded Connecticut, 4-1. Fifth-seeded Tufts University also advanced, knocking off fourth-seeded Wesleyan in double-overtime, 2-1. Middlebury finishes their season with a record of 6-9.
Tuesday, October 24, 2000     1     2   --   F
Amherst (14-1)   1     1   --   2
Midlebury (6-9)   1     0   --   1

M - Char Glessner (Billie Goldman), 33:50 (1st);
A - Marcy Busch '02 (Mairin Brady '02), 1:34 (1st);
A - Christine Ryan '04 (Kristin Harrison '03), 5:34 (2nd)

A - Beth Sensing '02 (70 min., 1 ga), 3 saves;
M - Becca Randall (70 min., 2 ga), 4 saves;

A - 20, M - 7;

Penalty Corners:
A - 9, M - 4;