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No. 11 Amherst tops field hockey, 3-0

Cristina Vega had seven saves in Bates' game at Amherst on Sept. 28, 2014. (Courtesy photo by John Knox) 

AMHERST, Mass. – Three first-half goals lifted 11th-ranked Amherst College to a 3-0 win over the Bates field hockey team Sunday at Gooding Field.

The Jeffs have now won five straight and improved to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in league play. The Bobcats remain winless in the NESCAC (0-6) and are now 1-6 on the year.

Amherst held a decisive edge in penalty corners, 15-to-1. They also posted a 13-to-6 advantage in shots with 11 on goal compared to the Bobcats' six.

Madeline Tank led the team offensively with two goals and now as a team-high eight scores on the year. Caroline Feeley scored her first collegiate goal.

Six different Bobcat players registered a shot on goal but were unable to find the back of the net as Amherst's goalkeeper Holly Burwick stopped all six shots her way. The shutout was Burwick's third of the season. Bates junior Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.) played in net for Bates and blocked seven shots while allowing three scores.

Amherst took a 1-0 lead at the 24:36 mark when Nygren found Elizabeth Turnbull just outside the circle off a penalty corner. Turnbull wound up and sent one towards the net as Tank redirected the shot into the back left corner of the goal.

The Jeffs increased the lead to two roughly 10 minutes later when Grace Cronin sent a shot from the left side of the circle towards net, which was saved by Vega. The rebound bounced out to Feeley, whose first attempt was blocked by a Bobcat, but she connected with the back of the net on the following try to give Amherst a 2-0 lead.

Three minutes later, the Jeffs notched their third score of the game when Tank connected on a rebounded that bounced high in the air as she tipped it in for the score to give the Jeffs a 3-0 lead at the break.

The second half was a defensive battle as neither team could find the back of the net. Both teams were even in the shot department, 3-to-3, but Amherst held a 7-to-0 edge in penalty corners.

Bates will host Southern Maine in a non-conference game on Thursday at 6pm.