WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Battling back from a one-goal deficit twice in the contest, the No. 9 Amherst College field hockey team took their first lead of the game in overtime as Elizabeth Turnbull '18 tallied her seventh goal of the season and the game-winner to lift the Mammoths past No. 12 Williams College, 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Williamson Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in league action to post its best start to a season since 2012, while the Ephs fall to 4-2 on the year (2-2 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the turf on Tuesday, Sept. 26 when they travel to MIT for a 6 p.m. non-conference matchup.
The Ephs jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as Libby Dolan netted her NESCAC-leading eighth goal of the year on a dish from Alex Bennett at the 5:56 mark.
A timeout by Amherst 13:01 into the first stanza shifted momentum to the Mammoths, with the Amherst defense holding Williams without a shot in the final 21:59 before halftime.
Striking early once again, Williams reclaimed a one-goal edge 2:42 into the second. Drawing a corner, Mammoths' keeper Emilie Flamme '20 turned away the Ephs first shot attempt, however Meredith Wright found the rebound and sent a pass to Bennett on the right post for the score.
Amherst deadlocked the game at 2-2 with 10:56 remaining in regulation as Turnbull gained control of the ball after a Williams foul and ripped a shot over the goal line.
Forcing extra minutes, the Mammoths came out on top at the 84:42 mark. Capitalizing on their seventh corner of the tilt, Caroline Feeley '18 sent the insertion pass to Codey at the top of the circle before Codey faked a shot and dished the ball to Turnbull. Powering a shot on target, Turnbull found nylon to direct Amherst to the 3-2 overtime victory against their archrivals.
- Flamme (5-1) made eight stops for Amherst in the winning effort in between the pipes, while Abby Lloyd (1-2) recorded three saves in 49:42 in the loss.
- Williams edged the Mammoths 14-8 in shots in the contest, while both sides earned seven penalty corners.
- Turnbull and Codey put a team-high two shots on target for Amherst, while Bennett led the Ephs with six shots on frame.