AMHERST, Mass. – Registering a come-from-behind win, the Mammoths notched four answered goals as the No. 9 Amherst College field hockey team defeated Endicott College, 4-1 Thursday evening at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 4-1 on the season, while Endicott falls to 5-2 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 23 when they travel to archrival Williams for an 11 a.m. conference matchup.
First on the board, Emily Hirtle gave the Gulls took a 1-0 lead 9:13 into the contest. Earning a corner, the Mammoths defense blocked the initial shot attempt from the top of the circle, but Sophia Cogliano batted the ball down from midair to cause a scrum in front of the net. Capitalizing on the opportunity, Hirtle got her stick on the ball and sent a shot over the goal line.
Amherst evened the score just over two minutes later, as Caroline Feeley '18 beat a defender down low with 23:32 on the clock and sent a centering pass to Katie Bergamesca '18 on the far post for a tap-in score.
Mary Grace Cronin '18 made it a 2-1 game in the 14th minute following a Mammoths' corner. Stealing the ball from a Gulls' defender on the right side after a Taylor Farrin save, Cronin slid a shot between the netminder and the near post.
Doubling Amherst's lead with 1:57 remaining in the first stanza, Kendall Codey '19 tallied her second goal on the year as she gathered Cronin's corner insertion pass on the top left of the circle and drilled a low shot into the nylon.
Endicott nearly decreased its deficit to one with 17:04 to play in regulation, as Emylee Wood made a fantastic leading pass to Brittany Bushey racing down the right side. Streaking towards the net on a 2-v-0, Bushey tried to connect with Jaylin Grabau on the far side, but Mammoth goalkeeper Emilie Flamme '20 came out of the net to kick away the pass.
Notching what stood as the final score of the matchup, Emery Sorvino '19 boxed out a defender, gathered a pass from Cronin near the penalty hash and powered a shot into the goal at the 62:38 mark to help seal the 4-1 victory.