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Field Hockey Edges Amherst, 3-2, Behind Two More Kelleher Goals


SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 20, 2006 – The Springfield College field hockey team defeated Amherst College, 3-2, tonight in a non-conference game at SC’s Benedum Field.

With the win, Springfield is now 5-1, while Amherst falls to 1-3.

Springfield took a 2-0 lead at the half. The first goal was scored by junior forward Eileen Jenkins (Gorham, Maine) in the game’s 12th minute. Then in the 18th minute, sophomore midfielder Jane Kelleher (Chatham, Mass.), the reigning New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Week, added a second tally.

In the second half, Kelleher scored her second goal of the game, and her seventh in six games thus far on the year, by lifting one past the Amherst goalkeeper with 23:13 left in the contest for what was thought to be an insurance goal. It proved, however, to be the game-winner as Amherst really came to life in the final 17 minutes.

With 16:43 left, junior defender Lauren Benson scored for the Lord Jeffs, cutting the margin to 3-1. Amherst kept putting on the pressure, and finally scored again with 2:32 left when freshman midfielder Haley Douds found the back of the net. Amherst actually had two more penalty corners in the final minute, but just could not score the equalizer, although it had its chances.

In the net, SC junior goalkeeper Emma Kaplan (Ridgefield, N.J.) played the first half and was credited with three saves and the win. Junior keeper Julia Kincade (Durham, N.H.) played the second half, allowing both goals, and had nine saves. For the Lord Jeffs, junior Kathleen Boucher played the first 27 minutes, but was forced to come out due to injury. She made five saves and allowed two goals. Sophomore Jane Mostue came on to play the final 43 minutes and made four saves, while allowing one goal.

Amherst’s second-half surge allowed it to outshoot SC, 14-12. The Lord Jeffs finished with 11 penalty corners to the Pride’s four. SC will begin its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) season on Saturday afternoon, September 23rd, in a 4:00 p.m. game against Babson College at Benedum Field.

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