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Amherst storms out of the gates against field hockey team

Riley Kundtz '13 netted her first goal of the season against Amherst. (File photo)

AMHERST, Mass. -- Madeline Tank recorded a goal and three assists, while Krista Zsitvay and Ellie Andersen each scored two goals to lead Amherst to a 7-1 NESCAC win over the Bates field hockey team Saturday at Gooding Field.

Tank had the assist on each of the Lord Jeffs’ first three goals and would score the fifth on her own, as Amherst jumped out to a 5-0 halftime lead. The hosts added two goals in the second half before Bates junior Riley Kundtz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) closed out the scoring by putting Bates on the board in the final minutes.

Bates drops to 1-2 (1-1 NESCAC) and will travel to take on Trinity tomorrow at noon (live stats link).

Amherst nearly got on the board 15 minutes into the opening period when Carly Dudzik ripped a shot to the corner, but Bates sophomore goalie Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine) made a spectacular diving save to her right.

The Jeffs took a 1-0 lead when Zsitvay buried a feed from Tank with 18:59 to play. Goals from Katie McMahon and Andersen were separated by less than five minutes, with Tank providing the assist each time.

The Lord Jeffs pushed their lead to 4-0 when Zsitvay put home a rebound with 4:55 remaining in the half.

Sarah Canning picked up her first collegiate goal when she capitalized on a rebound opportunity 6:45 into the second half, making it a 6-0 game in favor of the hosts. It would be nearly 12 minutes before the Jeffs struck again, with Alex Philie delivering to Andersen, who beat Otley on a one-timer for her second marker of the day.

The final goal of the afternoon was scored by Bates with 1:55 remaining in regulation. A shot by senior co-captain Sarah Merullo (Essex, Mass.) was knocked away by goalkeeper Claudia Easton, but Kundtz was there on the rebound for her first goal of the season.

Otley finished with 12 saves in 57 minutes and 30 seconds of action, while first-year Kelsey Freedman (Falmouth, Maine) made one save and did not allow a goal in 12:30 of relief. Junior Alie Philip (Simsbury, Conn.) also made a defensive save for the Bobcats. Amherst held a 32-4 advantage in shots and a 24-2 edge in penalty corners. 

STATS: Amherst 7, Bates 1