Field Hockey Clinches Little Three Title with Comprehensive Victory
Issue   |   Tue, 10/24/2017 - 23:27
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Midfielder Caroline Feeley ‘18 notched a goal in Amherst’s win over Smith.

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).

While Amherst controlled most of the game, the Mammoths struggled to get on the score board during the first half of play, entering the half still tied at 0-0. However, during the second half, first-year Anna Agathis scored her first collegiate goal off of an assist from Mary Grace Cronin ’18 to secure the lead for Amherst. Twenty minutes later, first-year Francesca Daniels also scored her first collegiate goal, assisted by Elizabeth Turnbull ’18, to put Amherst even further ahead. With less than thirty seconds left to play, Caroline Feeley ’18 scored again for Amherst, putting home the rebound off of a Kendall Codey ’19 shot to clinch the 3-0 win.

Katie Savage ’19, taking the place of injured sophomore Emilie Flamme, earned her first win in goal for the Mammoths, not needing to make even a single save. Cronin led the Mammoths in shots taken with four, while Agathis and Turnbull tallied three shots apiece.

On Saturday, Amherst won its fourth consecutive Little Three crown by defeating NESCAC foe Wesleyan 3-0. Amherst began the game strongly, with Codey scoring the Mammoths’ first goal just four minutes into play. Wesleyan blocked an initial shot from Turnbull, but Codey managed to score off the rebound. Codey then turned provider for Amherst’s second goal, feeding a beautiful ball to Shannon Tierney ’19, who gave the hosts a 2-0 lead. Turnbull finished the scoring for Amherst, taking advantage of a penalty corner to score the team’s third goal of the afternoon.

Turnbull and Codey led Amherst in shots on Saturday, with each making four.

Savage made one save to earn the win on Senior Day, during which the team celebrated the class of 2018. Forward Katie Bergamesca, captain Caroline Feeley, forward Mary Grace Cronin, captain Caroline Fiore, midfielder Sloane Bessey and captain Elizabeth Turnbull were all heartily cheered on.

With these two wins, Amherst improves its overall record to 10-4 and its conference record to 5-4. The Mammoths will close regular season play on Wednesday, Oct. 25 with a conference tilt against Trinity before starting post-season play next weekend.