Amherst, Mass. - Junior defender Sarah Duncan (Dedham, Mass.) scored the game's only goal with eight seconds left in overtime on a penalty stroke to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 1-0 victory over the Amherst College Lord Jeffs in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey action this afternoon on Gooding Field. Trinity, ranked No. 16 in the nation, improves to 7-1 with its second win in a row, giving Head Coach Anne Parmenter her 100th victory with the Bantams. No. 14-ranked Amherst falls to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the league with its third consecutive defeat. Parmenter has a 100-78 in her 12th season as the Trinity Head Field Hockey Coach and 198-170-4 in 25-plus years at Trinity and Connecticut College.
With less than 12 minutes to go in a scoreless first, Trinity first-year midfielder Nikki Rivera (Rockaway, N.J.) tried to lead an oncoming teammate inside the circle on an odd-man rush, but Amherst goalkeeper Rachel Tannenbaum slid out to intercept the pass. Tracking down the ball on the right side after the attempted clear, Rivera fired a quick shot that found Tannenbaum's pads. Locked in a defensive battle, the teams traded possession in the midfield with neither offense able to gain any traction during a closely contested second half. Combining for zero shots and just one penalty corner over the final 18:03 of regulation, the squads opened the first 15 minute extra session still knotted at 0-0.
Generating an early scoring chance, Trinity won a penalty corner less than a minute into the first overtime. Playing the ball to the top of the circle, Duncan found junior midfielder Julia Rivera (Silver Spring, Md.), but Amherst sophomore Ellie Andersen got a stick out in front, blocking the try. Switching fields, Amherst won three penalty corners over the next five minutes, but managed just two shots including a Katie McMahon attempt that veered wide right. McMahon later got another chance to end it on a shot off a penalty corner with under three to go, but Bantam junior goalkeeper Anne Marie Scalambrino (Chicago, Ill.) made a big stop to keep things level.
With under 10 seconds left in the extra session, Trinity drew a penalty stroke following a scrum in front of goal. Stepping up to take the stroke, Duncan beat Tannenbaum to seal the Bantam win. Amherst finished with a 10-9 shot advantage and a 13-7 edge in penalty corners. Tannenbaum made five saves in the loss, while Scalambrino recorded four stops.