Amherst Field Hockey Escapes Trinity in Double OT of NESCAC Quarterfinals

Amherst Field Hockey Escapes Trinity in Double OT of NESCAC Quarterfinals

Hartford, Conn. – Trinity senior forward Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) scored two goals including the game-tying score with zero seconds on the clock in regulation, but Amherst junior Krista Zsitvay (New Vernon, N.J.) scored two herself, including the game-winner in the second overtime to give the Lord Jeffs a 3-2 win over the Bantams in the Quarterfinal Round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Field Hockey Championship Tournament on Robin Sheppard Field this afternoon.  Trinity and Amherst are both 11-4 overall after today’s match, and Amherst advances to the semifinal round next week.  Trinity hopes to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament, which will be determined at the conclusion of tournament play.  Trinity beat Amherst earlier in the season, in a 1-0 overtime game. 

Amherst jumped on top of the Bantams 2-0 in the first half, behind goals from first-year Annika Nygren (Sudbury, Mass.) and Zsitvay.  After the intermission, Trinity came back strong, striking with a quick goal by Duncan, closing the gap to 2-1.  The Bantams continued to attack, pouring on 15 shots to Amherst’s five in the period.  Trinity outshot Amherst 26-16 in the game. 

With 14 seconds left in regulation, Trinity senior co-captain midfielder Haley Thompson (Ipswich, Mass.) took a hard shot and sophomore Rachel Tannenbaum (Berwyn, Pa.) made what appeared to be a game-saving sliding kick save, before Trinity was awarded a penalty corner with no time on the clock.  On the ensuing play, Trinity managed three shots, including another by Thompson, and two rebound shots by Duncan, the last of which resulted in a goal to force overtime.

Tannenbaum made another impressive stop in the first overtime to protect the tie, and strong defensive plays by both teams in the second overtime period – one by Amherst junior Sarah Canning (Cos Cob, Conn.) and another by Trinity sophomore Courtney Wynne (Darien, Conn.) - kept the game alive. With just over eight minutes remaining in the second overtime, Zsitvay notched her second goal of the contest on a penalty corner, sending Amherst to an on-field celebration and to the second round of the Championship Tournament. 

Tannenbaum finished the game with 16 saves for Amherst, while Trinity junior goalie Anne Marie Scalambrino (Chicago, Ill.) made six saves in net for Trinity.  Amherst takes on the undefeated No. 1-seed Middlebury in the Semifinal round next Sat., Nov. 3 at 11 a.m.

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