#10 Amherst College 3, Connecticut College 0
Napolitano Makes 21 Saves in Season Finale for Camels
AMHERST, Mass. --(Amherst College Sports Information) Katie McMahon '13 had a hand in three goals and Sarah McCarrick '12 scored two of her own to lead the Amherst College field hockey team during a 3-0 win over Connecticut College Wednesday evening at Gooding Field.
Tenth-ranked Amherst controlled the majority of Wednesday's game but managed only one goal in the first 65 minutes thanks to an outstanding performance by Connecticut first-year goalkeeper Becca Napolitano. The Jeffs held a 29-7 advantage in shots and a 17-1 edge in corners on the evening, as Napolitano kept her team in the game by making 21 saves.
McMahon became Amherst's all-time leader in assists when she set up the game's first goal early in the opening half. The junior forward sent her penalty corner to Carly Dudzik '12, who stopped the ball dead in its tracks for McCarrick to crush a shot inside the near post with 27:16 on the clock. McMahon's 28th career assist moved her ahead of Christine Ryan '04, who had 27 helpers as a Lord Jeff.
Napolitano came up with 12 saves in the first half, including two spectacular stops in the final two minutes. After she reached back to knock away a deflection attempt by Chrissy Cantore '12, Napolitano made a leaping save when she jumped toward the cage and knocked the ball out of mid-air way with her stick, keeping her team's deficit at one goal heading into halftime.
The second half was much of the same, with Amherst controlling the pace of play and Napolitano keeping the Camels within striking distance. The visitors nearly found the equalizer when Ali Holland '13 dribbled into the Amherst zone on a counterattack midway through the half, but her shot was pulled wide. Five minutes later the Camels had another chance, but Jennifer Morgan '15 hit the outside of the cage.
Amherst first-year goalkeeper Rachel Tannenbaum came up with a big save of her own when she denied Paige Murray '14 with a diving stop to her right after a penalty corner. With seven minutes to play Morgan's coast-to-coast bid came to a halt when Stephanie Clegg '12 came up with a stop for the Lord Jeff defense.
The hosts finally broke things open with two goals in the final five minutes of regulation. McMahon pushed the lead to 2-0 when she finished off a pass from Cantore at 65:21, and 2:31 later the Jeffs closed out the scoring with another McMahon-Dudzik-McCarrick connection on a penalty corner.
October 26, 2011