CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Katie Bergamesca '18 and Mary Grace Cronin '18 each netted two goals and Emilie Flamme '20 added seven saves in between the pipes as the No. 8 Amherst College field hockey team downed No. 14 MIT, 4-2 Tuesday evening at Jack Barry Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 6-1 on the season, while MIT falls to 7-2 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 30 when they host Tufts at Gooding Field beginning at 12 p.m.
Striking 2:28 into the contest, Bergamesca registered her second goal of the year on a dish from Caroline Feeley '18. Crossing the ball to the opposite post, Bergamesca redirected the pass into the left corner to give Amherst a 1-0 lead.
Notching her second goal in a 15-minute span, Bergamesca doubled the Mammoths lead to 2-0 at the 15:49 mark. Juking around a defender, Emery Sorvino '19 sent a pass to Bergamesca on the far side who dove to get her stick on the ball and tip the pass over the goal line.
Responding 1:27 later, the Engineers cut their deficit in half on a goal from Devon Goetz in the 17th minute. Dodging a defender to earn a clear path to net, Goetz slid a shot just inside the right post to set the score at 2-1.
The game seemed ready to break for halftime with Amherst holding a one-goal edge, but Cronin had other plans as she cut through the circle and beat the MIT netminder one-on-one to extend the Mammoths lead to 3-1 with 39 seconds remaining before intermission.
Logging her second score of the match 9:55 into the second stanza, Cronin capitalized on a scramble in front of the net as she got her stick on the ball and found nylon to give Amherst a 4-1 advantage.
Not to be outdone by Bergamesca's and Cronin's two-goal day, Goetz recorded her second tally of the tilt for the Engineers at the 48:49 mark to bring MIT back within two. Gathering a crossing pass from Bailey Tregoning, Goetz one-touched the ball past the Amherst keeper to score what stood as the final goal of the contest as the Mammoths clinched the 4-2 victory.
- Flamme (6-1) made seven stops in the winning effort in between the pipes for Amherst, while Grace Moore (7-2) registered six saves for the Engineers in the loss.
- Amherst owned a slight edge in shots, 13-10 and penalty corners, 4-3.
- Cronin led the contest with six shots on net, while Bergamesca added three more for the Mammoths. Goetz led MIT with five shots on target.