AMHERST, Mass. – The Purple & White held a 25-13 edge in shots and Emily Horwitz '17 registered nine saves, but the No. 9 Amherst College field hockey team were unable to find the back of the net more than once as they fell to No. 11 Trinity College, 2-1 Wednesday evening at Gooding Field.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 11-4 overall and to 6-4 in league action, while the Bantams improve to 12-3 on the season and to 7-3 in conference play. Clinching the No. 6 seed in the NESCAC Championship tournament, Amherst will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 29 when they travel to third-seeded Hamilton for a 1 p.m. quarterfinal matchup.
Trinity claimed a 1-0 edge on their first offensive attack of the game, as Kelcie Finn netted her team-leading 23rd goal of the season 2:49 into play. Gathering Chandler Solimine's rebound in a scrum in front of the goal, Finn quickly sent a shot past the Amherst netminder and into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Keeping up the offensive pressure, the Bantams earned a penalty stroke opportunity at the 5:06 mark following three consecutive saves by Emily Horwitz '17. Tabbed to take the attempt, Finn ripped her shot wide left of the net.
Regaining momentum, Amherst edged Trinity in shots on target, 10-4 in the final 30 minutes of the opening half, and owned a 6-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Drawing a penalty corner in the 12th minute, senior Mary Margaret Stoll drove a shot on goal from the top left of the circle through traffic, but Lori Berger was up to the task and made a kick save on the attempt.
Cronin nearly knotted the score at one with 2:25 remaining in the first half as she collected the senior Sara Culhane's rebound and put a shot on goal from point blank range, however Berger recorded a stick save as she moved to her right.
Trinity elicited its second penalty stroke opportunity of the game in the 45th minute after the ball lodged under the Amherst keeper following the Bantam's first shot of the second half. Called upon once again to take the stroke, Finn converted on the opportunity and rifled a shot off the stick of Horwitz and into the bottom left corner of the goal to give Trinity a 2-0 lead.
The Purple & White cut their deficit to one with 5:37 remaining in the contest. Tallying her third goal of the season, Shannon Tierney '18 corralled a pass from Elizabeth Turnbull '18 in the center of the circle and powered a quick shot on net that beat Berger low left side.
What proved to be Amherst's final scoring opportunity of the game came in the 66th minute, as the Purple & White earned their 16th corner opportunity of the outing, however Turnbull's shot from the top of the arc was blocked.
- Horwitz (8-3) recorded nine saves in between the pipes for Amherst in the loss, while Lori Berger (12-3) made 15 saves for Trinity in the winning effort.
- Amherst edged the Bantams in both shots and penalty corners, 25-13 and 16-3, respectively.
- Culhane led Amherst with eight shots in the matchup, including five shots on frame, while Cronin took five shots for the Purple & White.
- With five shots, Finn led the way for Trinity, while Solimine registered four shots in the outing.