Middlebury has been Amherst’s top rival for years, especially after the Jeffs beat the Panthers to take the NCAA Div. III Championship in 2003. That season, the Jeffs faced the Panthers twice before NCAAs and lost to them both times, so the loss on Saturday isn’t completely devastating.
But the Bantams retaliated, coming within three goals by halftime, a threat that portended what would happen by the end of regulation. A few misplaced passes and turnovers on ground balls granted Trinity possession, and the Bantams brought the score to 8-7 with 10 minutes left in the second half.
Amherst’s Caitie Parker ’06 scored first; but for the first fifteen minutes, possession alternated regularly and kept the game at 2-2. After several one-on-ones and a few high shots at the keeper, Amherst changed their attack to quick feeds and shooting low. With an assist into traffic from Alyssa