AMHERST, Mass. – Emilie Flamme '20 tallied seven saves for the Mammoths, but two first half goals by the Jumbos proved to be enough as the No. 8 Amherst College field hockey team was edged by No. 6 Tufts, 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 6-2 on the season and to 2-2 in league play, while Tufts improves to 6-2 on the year (5-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 3 when they host Connecticut College beginning at 7 p.m.
The Jumbos got on the scoreboard at the 5:03 mark, as Mary Travers notched her team-leading fifth goal of the season to give Tufts a 1-0 lead. Drawing a corner, Tufts' initial shot from the top of the circle ricocheted off an Amherst defender, however Travers got her stick on the ball on the right side of the net and sent the ball over the goal line.
Beth Krikorian doubled Tufts' advantage to 2-0 with 5:37 to play in the first half following a Jumbos' corner. Positioned near the penalty hash, Krikorian deflected Hanaa Malik's shot from the top right of the circle through the legs of the Mammoths' keeper.
One of Amherst's best chances to avoid the shut out came with 20:32 to play in regulation as Emery Sorvino '19 redirected Kendall Codey's '19 drive from the top left of the circle, but Emily Polinski was just able to get her pad on the ball to turn the shot away.
- In goal, Flamme (6-2) made seven stops for Amherst in the losing effort, while Polinski (6-2) recorded two saves for Tufts in the win.
- The Jumbos owned a 10-3 edge in shots, while both sides earned six penalty corners in the matchup.
- Travers led the contest with five shots, while Sorvino and Anna Agathis '21 led the offensive effort for Amherst.