AMHERST, Mass. – Two first half goals by Shannon Tierney '19 and Kendall Codey '19 in the 23rd and 34th minute, respectively, proved to be enough as the No. 8 Amherst College field hockey team held off Connecticut College to post a 2-1 victory Tuesday evening at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 7-2 on the season and to 3-2 in league play, while Connecticut College falls to 3-7 overall (1-6 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 10 when they kick off a four-game road trip with an 11 a.m. conference matchup at Hamilton.
Threatening to get on the scoreboard in the seventh minute, the Mammoths drew a corner opportunity and sent an insertion pass to Elizabeth Turnbull '18 at the top of the circle. Stickhandling around a defender and powering a shot on target, Camel keeper Andi McGraw stood strong and turned away the initial shot and Katie Bergamesca's '18 attempt on the rebound.
The Camels responded with 18:53 on the clock as Jamie Navoni stole the ball from a defender just outside the circle and sent a leading pass to Jamie Navoni racing towards the left post, but the ball was just out of reach as Navoni looked to redirect the ball into the net.
Breaking the scoreless tie in the 23rd minute, Tierney gave the Mammoths a 1-0 lead following a corner opportunity. In a near perfect passing play, Turnbull stopped the insertion pass at the top of the circle before dishing a pass to Codey down low. One-touching the ball, Codey found Tierney to the left of the net who ripped a quick shot over the goal line, short side.
Tallying her fourth score of the fall and the game-winner with 29.5 seconds remaining before halftime, Codey extended Amherst's lead to 2-0 as she picked up a rebound near the left post and tucked a shot into the near corner.
Cheyanne Asplundh made it a one-goal game with 12:15 to play in regulation. Firing a shot on frame, the Amherst keeper made the initial save, however Casey Freehill found the rebound and sent a pass to Asplundh on the left post for the score.
The Camels increased the offensive pressure in the final 10 minutes, with Jacqueline Murphy testing Emilie Flamme '20 with a low, hard shot at the 58:38 mark following one of two Connecticut College corners with time winding down, but the Amherst defense came through and kept the visitors scoreless to direct the Mammoths to the 2-1 win.
- Flamme (7-2) registered six saves in between the pipes for Amherst to earn the win, while Andi McGraw (3-7) made nine stops for the Camels in the losing effort.
- The Mammoths owned a slight edge in shots, 14-8 and penalty corner, 6-5.
- Turnbull led the contest with five shots, while a trio of Amherst players each took two shots.
- Putting two shots on target, Enya McGarry led the offensive effort for Connecticut College.