Paolano Notches Game-Winner as No.16 Amherst Edges Smith, 3-1

Paolano Notches Game-Winner as No.16 Amherst Edges Smith, 3-1

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – All three senior captains tallied a goal as the 16th-ranked Amherst College field hockey team secured a 3-1 victory over non-conference opponent Smith College Thursday night. 


Amherst (9-4, 4-4 NESCAC)
Smith (8-6, 4-2 NEWMAC)


  • Controlling the ball and holding the game's momentum from start to finish, Amherst held a decisive edge in both shots and corner opportunities, 32-3 and 17-1, respectively.  
  • Annika Nygren '16 scored the lone goal of the first half 4:17 into play. After a failed clearing attempt by the Smith defense allowed Sara Culhane '17 to get a shot off on net, Nygren was able to take advantage of the opportunity and bury the rebound into the back of the goal.
  • The Pioneers evened the score at 1-1 four minutes into the second half. Racing down the left sideline, Mariah Ollive sent a pass towards net to the stick Caroline Labriola. Despite Labriola's shot being turned away, Julia Hamilton was in the right place at the right time and was able to collect the rebound and beat the diving Amherst netminder for her sixth goal of the season.
  • 17 minutes later, Amherst once again took the lead. In an athletic play, Katie Paolano '16 recorded her third game-winning goal of the year, diving near the penalty hash to redirect the shot of Caroline Fiore '18 past the Smith goalkeeper.
  • Annie Turnbull '16 added an insurance goal for the Purple & White with no time remaining on the clock. Finding the loose ball just inside the circle, A. Turnbull blasted a low shot past Tietje on her right side.
  • Emily Horwitz '17 registered one save in the winning effort. Nygren and A.Turnbull each put a game-high five shots on net in the outing.
  • Smith goalkeeper Cameo Tietje played spectacularly between the pipes in the loss, notching 25 saves in the matchup.


  • Amherst now leads the series 26-10-3. They have won the last 20 meetings between the two teams.


  • Amherst returns to Gooding Field to take on Little Three rival Wesleyan University on Saturday, Oct. 24 beginning at 12 p.m. Taking place during Homecoming Weekend, the game also marks Senior Day for the Purple & White.
  • The Pioneers travel to Springfield College on Oct. 24 to play the Pride in a NEWMAC conference matchup at 5:30 p.m.