NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior forward Madeline Tank (Winnetka, Ill.) scored four goals and assisted on a fifth marker to lead the 10th ranked Amherst College field hockey team to a 7-0 victory at Connecticut College in the season opener for both sides Wednesday night.
Mary Grace Cronin (Arlington, Mass.), Annika Nygren (Sudbury, Mass.) and Taylor Hallowell (Westford, Vt.) chipped in with scores for the winning side.
Senior Rachel Tannenbaum (Berwyn, Pa.) stopped three shots to earn the shutout for the visitors.
Connecticut College kept it close in the opening half with some stout defensive play along with some strong net-minding from Ryley van der Velde (Louisville, Ky.)
Van der Velde turned aside nine Amherst shots in her first collegiate start in the cage.
Junior back Carly Ozarowski (Princeton, N.J.) helped Van der Velde when she denied the Lord Jeffs near the end of the opening half on their bid to cash in on a penalty corner.
Junior Jillian Dahrooge (Charlton, Mass.) nearly broke into the scoring column when she dribbled from end to end in the closing moments of the opening half to help set up one of the Camels' two corners.
Tank opened the scoring 9:24 into the contest when she scored on a penalty corner. The visitors doubled their advantage 2:40 into the second stanza when Elizabeth Turnbull (Harding Township, N.J.) assisted Tank for a hit from the center of the scoring circle that made it a 2-0 contest.
Tank tacked on another score with 28:27 remaining and the visitors continued to pull away for the 7-0 triumph.
More than 200 fans came out to support Connecticut College in its first home athletic event of the fall semester.
Amherst will visit Middlebury this Sunday for a 4:00 p.m. NESCAC contest in the Green Mountain State.
The Camels will host Babson College Saturday for a 12:00 p.m. game in New London.