LEWISTON, Maine – The Mammoths earned a season-high 13 corner opportunities but a late goal by the Bobcats in the 66th minute stood as the difference maker as the No. 6 Amherst College field hockey team was edged by Bates College, 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Campus Avenue Field.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 8-4 on the season and to 4-4 in conference action, while Bates picks up its third win against a ranked opponent in five days to improve to 7-5 on the year (4-4 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 19 when they travel to Smith College for a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup.
Looking to get on the board with 8:32 remaining in regulation, Elizabeth Turnbull '18 juked around a defender to earn space inside the circle before trying to dish a pass down low. The Bobcats were able to knock the pass away, but the ball ended up back on the stick of Turnbull who powered a shot on target. Adelae Durand was up to the task however, turning away the initial shot and Laura Schwartzman '20 attempt on the rebound.
Tallying the game-winner with exactly four minutes to play, Taylor Lough found the back of the net on a dish from Adah Lindquist on Bates lone shot on frame of the game. A bid to get the ball inside the circle set up the scoring play as a ball sent in from 35 yards out deflected off the stick of an Amherst defender and to a wide open Lindquist on the left side near the penalty dot. Diving forward, Katie Savage '19 got her blocker on the shot to come up with the clutch save, but Taylor Lough hit the ball out of midair on the far post to record the highlight reel goal.
Amherst's final chance to net the equalizer came with under 10 seconds on the clock, with the Mammoths drawing back-to-back penalty corners, but two shots were blocked and a third went just wide as the Bobcats held on to the 1-0 victory.
- Savage (0-1) took the loss in between the pipes for Amherst, while Durand (6-3) made two stops for Bates in the winning effort.
- Amherst outshot the Bobcats, 16-7 and owned a 13-1 edge in penalty corners.
- Turnbull had a contest-high six shot attempts for the Mammoths, while Kendall Codey '19 added four shot attempts.
- Grace Fitzgerald and Sydney Beres led the Bates offense with two shot attempts each.