Field Hockey Continues Dominant Start to Season With Trio of Wins
Issue   |   Tue, 09/26/2017 - 21:17
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Captain Elizabeth Turnbull ‘18 solidified her status as the spearhead of Amherst’s offense with a pair of goals against Williams this weekend.

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.

On Sept. 21, Amherst defeated Endicott College 4-1. Endicott took an early lead when they scored off a corner in the first 10 minutes of the game. However, Amherst responded a mere two minutes later when Katie Bergamesca ’18 scored off a feed from Caroline Feeley ’18. Soon after, Mary Grace Cronin ’18 notched another goal before Kendall Codey ’19 scored off of an assist from Cronin at the end of the half. In the second half, Emery Sorvino ’19 tallied another goal for the Mammoths to finish off the game.

Amherst had 23 total shots to Endicott’s 10 and enjoyed an 18-8 advantage in shots on target. Goalie Emilie Flamme ’20 made seven saves for the purple and white.

On Sept. 23, the Mammoths got their second win of the week, defeating NESCAC rival Williams College in a close game by a final score of 3-2. Once again, Amherst came from behind to secure the win.

Just five minutes into the game, the Ephs pulled ahead with a quick goal. However, in the last five minutes of the first half, Codey tied the game, scoring off of an assist from Laura Schwartzman ’20. Two minutes into the second half, Williams once again took the lead when the Ephs drew a penalty corner.

Flamme saved the initial shot, but Williams scored off the rebound. Elizabeth Turnbull ’18 tied up the game once again, sending it into overtime. During these extra minutes, Turnbull tallied her second goal of the game, winning the game for the Mammoths. While Williams tallied 14 shots to Amherst’s eight and 10 shots on goals to Amherst’s seven, Amherst still managed to come out on top.

The Mammoths closed off their impressive week with a midweek tilt against MIT that saw Amherst emerge victorious with a 4-2 win.

Amherst started strong in the match, taking an early lead under three minutes into the game when Bergamesca scored off a nice pass from Feeley. Bergamesca then notched her second tally of the game in the 16th minute. Although the Engineers were able to pull one back, a goal by Cronin just before the whistle gave Amherst a 3-1 lead heading into the half. The Mammoths consolidated their lead 10 minutes into the second half, thanks to Cronin’s second goal of the game and fifth of the season .MIT pulled one back, but ultimately fell short in their comeback attempt.

Amherst will return to the field on Saturday, Sept. 30, when the Mammoths face NESCAC rival Tufts.