The Amherst field hockey team faced a challenging slate of opponents last week, competing against two NESCAC rivals. On Oct. 25, Amherst faced off against Trinity in an away game, from which the hosts emerged victorious, defeating Amherst 4-0.

However, the final score did not reflect how close the game actually was.

After two disappointing losses last week to NESCAC rivals Bates and Colby, Amherst bounced back this week with victories against Smith and Wesleyan. On Thursday, Oct. 19, Amherst traveled to Smith, where the Mammoths easily handled the hosts, winning by a final score of 3-0. Amherst dominated all facets of play and held the advantage in total shots (24-1), shots on goal (18-0) and penalty corners (15-0).

Over homecoming weekend, the Amherst men’s soccer team faced off against a pair of opponents, NESCAC rival Wesleyan and nonconference foe Farmingdale State College. The Mammoths managed to emerge with two home wins, scoring nine goals over the course of the weekend and improving to an overall record of 10-2-2.

This past week, the Amherst field hockey team added both a win and a loss to its season record. On Saturday, Sept. 30, Amherst suffered a loss to fellow No. 6-ranked NESCAC rival Tufts, in a conference game.

The game ended as a shutout, with the final score being 2-0. Goalie Emilie Flamme ’20 saved seven shots again but it was not enough to secure the win. The Jumbos took the lead in the first five minutes of the game, and the Mammoths were never able to regain it.

This past week, the Amherst College field hockey team racked up three more wins. With these results, Amherst improved its overall record to 6-1 (2-1 NESCAC), their best start to a season since 2012.

After its first week in action, the Amherst field hockey team is off to a strong start. On Sept. 7, the Mammoths won their season opener, defeating Mount Holyoke by a 3-2 scoreline.

Although Mount Holyoke took an early lead in the first half of the game, captain Elizabeth Turnbull ’18 evened the match two minutes later off a corner insertion pass from midfielder Laura Schwartzman ’20.

Entering head coach Carol Knerr’s 17th season, the Amherst field hockey team is looking forward to a strong upcoming season. Only four members of last year’s squad graduated last spring, which leaves the team with 19 returning players. The team is also expecting six or seven first years to join them on the field this upcoming fall.