MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Purple & White scored four unanswered goals and allowed just one shot on target, as the No. 10 Amherst College field hockey team shut out conference and Little III rival Wesleyan University, 4-0 Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Amherst improves to 11-3 overall and 6-3 in NESCAC play, while Wesleyan falls to 2-12 on the season (0-9 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action for their regular season finale on Wednesday, Oct. 26 when they welcome Trinity College to Gooding Field for a 7 p.m. conference matchup, while the Cardinals take on Connecticut College on Oct. 26 at home beginning at 6 p.m.
The Purple & White needed just 46 seconds to take a 1-0 lead with Mary Grace Cronin '18 tallying her seventh goal of the season. Capitalizing on a turnover near midfield, Shannon Tierney '19 sent a pass from 30 yards out to Sara Culhane '17 near the top right of the circle. Wide open on the back door of the goal, Culhane dished a pass to Cronin for an uncontested score.
Finding the back of the net for the second time, Cronin doubled Amherst's lead in the 27th minute. Gathering a leading pass on the right side of the field behind the Cardinal defense, Cronin juked around the diving Wesleyan netminder who had come out of the goal to cut down the angle and sent a shot over the goal line.
Wesleyan's lone shot on goal of the matchup came at the 32:03 mark as Erica Horowitz took advantage of a corner opportunity and ripped a shot on frame from the top left of the circle, but Amherst goalkeeper Emily Horwitz '17 was up to the task and made a kick save.
Culhane made it a 3-0 contest with seven seconds remaining in the opening half as she collected a pass from Tierney and quickly drove a shot on net, beating Claire Edelman low left side.
Amherst tallied the game's final goal and extended their lead to four in the 54th minute, with Culhane scoring her team-leading 22nd goal of the season. Following a pass after a penalty corner insertion, Caroline Feeley '18 rifled a shot on goal from the top right of the circle. Positioned in front of the goal, Culhane redirected the attempt into the bottom left corner of the net.
- Horwitz (8-2) registered one save in the winning effort in goal for Amherst, while Claire Edelman (2-8) made 13 saves for Wesleyan in the loss.
- Amherst owned a dominative edge in both shots and penalty corners, 21-1 and 17-1, respectively.
- Cronin and Culhane led the matchup with five shots apiece, while Elizabeth Turnbull '18 took four shots in the outing.
- Erica Horowitz recorded Wesleyan's sole shot of the game.