CLINTON, N.Y. – In a battle that featured two top-10 nationally ranked teams, goals by seniors Mary Grace Cronin and Caroline Feeley in the first half proved to be enough as both sides were kept scoreless in the second stanza to direct the No. 8 Amherst College field hockey team past No. 9 Hamilton College, 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Goodfriend Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 8-2 on the year and to 4-2 in league play, while Hamilton falls to 7-3 overall (4-3 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 14 when they travel to Colby for an 11 a.m. matchup.
Starting strong, the Mammoths jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead 1:28 into the contest. Racing into the offensive end after intercepting a pass from a Continental defender and powering a shot on target, the Continental keeper was up to the initial task, but Cronin gathered her own rebound and drove her second attempt over the goal line to notch her fifth score of the fall.
Hamilton responded less than five minutes later, as Sarah Stinebaugh found nylon on a dish from Michaela Giuttari to even the score at 1-1 at the 7:10 mark.
Back-and-forth action highlighted the next 25 minutes of competition, with the play being contained largely in the middle of the turf.
Retaking the lead with 44 seconds remaining in the first half, Feeley netted her first goal of the season and what stood as the game-winner. Striking at the 34:16 mark after a great individual effort that saw her elude several defenders and earn space inside the circle on the right side, Feeley beat the Hamilton goalkeeper to post the unassisted tally.
The sides combined for 17 shots in the second stanza, with the Continentals owning a slight 9-8 edge, and earned a total of 11 penalty corners, but neither team was able to find the back of the net in the final 35 minutes as the Mammoths clinched the 2-1 victory.
- Emilie Flamme '20 (8-2) registered seven stops in between the pipes in the winning effort for Amherst, while Julia Booth (7-4) made nine stops for the Continentals in the loss.
- The Mammoths held the advantage in both shots and penalty corners, 16-11 and 12-6, respectively.
- Kendall Codey '19 took a contest-high six shots, while Elizabeth Turnbull '18 chipped in three shot attempts.
- Eleni Neyland led Hamilton with three shots, while Margaret Revera and Sarah Stinebaugh took two shots each.