Eighth-Ranked Field Hockey Improves to 8-2 on Season
Issue   |   Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:00
Rob Mattson
Annie Turnbull '16 leads the NESCAC with 9 assists on the season.

The Amherst field hockey team earned their sixth straight win of the season, handing Hamilton a 5-2 loss on Saturday, Oct. 4.

On a brisk fall morning at Gooding Field, the visiting Continentals jumped out to an early lead. Eva Rosencrans corralled her own rebound and fired it to the back of the cage, netting her first goal of the day and 13th of the season. Hamilton would not hold the advantage for long, however, as the Jeffs tied the game just over seven minutes later.

The scoring opportunity was credited to an Amherst penalty corner that finished thanks to some excellent Amherst passing. Ellie Andersen ’15 made the insert pass, sending it out to a waiting Elizabeth Turnbull ’18. E. Turnbull sent it over to her sister Annie Turnbull ’16. The junior defender then blasted a shot on goal that was saved, but the younger of the sibling duo gathered the rebound and guided a pass ahead to Madeline Tank ’15 who tapped it home, tying the game at one.

The Jeffs took the lead minutes later on another penalty corner. Annika Nygren ’16 made the inlet pass setting things up for a scramble in front of the goal. Tank was there again to redirect a shot from Sydney Watts ’17 and give Amherst the advantage heading into the break.

The Jeffs continued their strong play in the second half. Just a minute and a half in, they extended their lead to 3-1, as Andersen guided a high ball from A. Turnbull past the Hamilton keeper. Tank went on to earn a hat trick and score her team-high 12th goal on the year under 15 minutes later, putting Amherst up 4-1. The assist came from A. Turnbull, good for her second helper in the game and ninth on the season.

Hamilton made an attempt to rally, putting up their second tally in the game with under 15 minutes to play. Rosencrans had her second goal, earning four points in the game, this time assisted by Aubrey Coon.

Amherst added another insurance tally before the contest was out. Andersen earned the assist finding Nygren who beat the Hamilton keeper for the Jeffs’ fifth goal on the day, carrying them to the 5-2 win.

Amherst held a decisive 21-5 advantage in shots and also an 8-2 edge in penalty corners.

“It’s great to have strung together a series of wins. We like where we’re at and how we’re playing as a team at this point in the season, but we always have to be focused on the next game,” Tank said.

Amherst will host Colby Saturday, Oct. 11.

“We are fully prepared and confident,” said Katie Paolano ’16. “We have been playing exceptionally well together as shown by our six-game win streak. We’re looking forward to competing against Colby as they are a very strong, athletic team who always puts up a fight.”