AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths held the Cardinals to just one shot on target in 70 minutes of action as the No. 10 Amherst College field hockey team registered its second consecutive shutout as they downed Little Three rival Wesleyan, 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field to clinch its eighth consecutive Little Three Championship.
With the win, Amherst improves to 10-4 on the season and to 5-4 in league play, while Wesleyan falls to 3-11 on the year (0-9 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 25 when they travel to Trinity College for their regular season finale beginning at 6 p.m.
Kendall Codey '19 needed just 4:07 to net the game-winner, finding the back of the goal on Amherst's second shot of the tilt following a penalty corner. Corralling the insertion pass at the top of the circle, Elizabeth Turnbull '18 blasted a shot on target. Delaney Wood stood strong on the initial shot, but Codey one-timed the rebound over the goal line to give the Mammoths a 1-0 lead.
Doubling the Amherst lead with time winding down in the first half, Shannon Tierney '19 notched her fourth goal of the fall following a dish by Codey. Gathering the pass from Codey on the top left of the circle, Tierney slipped a shot past the keeper short-side to make it a 2-0 in favor of the Mammoths heading into halftime.
Logging her team-leading eighth goal of the season in the 55th minute, Turnbull tallied the final dagger for Amherst as she took advantage of the Mammoths' seventh penalty corner. Getting her stick on the ball in a scrum in front of the goal, Turnbull lifted a shot into the right corner of the net at the 55:46 mark to direct Amherst to the 3-0 victory on Senior Day.
- Katie Savage '19 (2-1) made one stop in the winning effort in goal for Amherst, while Wood (3-11) registered five saves for Wesleyan in the loss.
- The Mammoths owned a dominating 11-1 edge in shot differential and a 9-0 advantage in corner opportunities.
- Codey and Turnbull took a game-high four shots each, while Tierney added two shots in the matchup.
- Cici Frattasio had the Cardinals lone shot on frame of the contest at the 59:59 mark.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Today's game marks Senior Day for the Mammoths who will graduate six seniors following the 2017 season, including: forward Katie Bergamesca, midfielder and captain Caroline Feeley, forward Mary Grace Cronin, defender and captain Caroline Fiore, midfielder Sloane Bessey, and midfielder and captain Elizabeth Turnbull. As a class, this year's seniors have compiled an overall mark of 44-18 to own a .709 winning percentage with a 24-15 record against NESCAC opponents and a 23-9 record at home. During that time, the Mammoths have outscored opponents 190 to 78 and have won four Little Three titles, qualified for three-consecutive NESCAC Championship tournaments and advanced to the conference semifinals in 2015. Congratulations seniors!