AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 6 seed entering NESCAC Championship play, the Amherst College field hockey team is set to travel to archrival and third-seeded Williams College for a 2017 NESCAC Quarterfinal matchup this Saturday, Oct. 28. Opening whistle is slated for 12 p.m. at Williamson Field.
A live video webcast of Saturday's NESCAC Quarterfinal will be provided by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN). Live stats will also be available.
SETTING THE SCENE
Saturday's Quarterfinal tilt will mark the Mammoths' 16th consecutive NESCAC Championship appearance and sixth matchup against archrival Williams in league postseason play. Amherst, which is still in search of the program's first conference crown, boasts a 9-6 record in Quarterfinal action, while the Ephs hold a 4-2 series lead against the Mammoths in the playoffs. The Mammoths' last victory against Williams in the NESCAC tournament came in the 2015 quarters, with Amherst clinching a 2-1 overtime victory, while the Ephs last bested the Mammoths in the 2007 Quarterfinals by a score of 3-1.
Williams is making its 17th straight NESCAC Championship appearance and will aim to secure a trip to the Semifinals for the third time in the last four seasons.
Facing off in Williamstown, Mass. on Oct. 23 in the regular season, Amherst edged the Ephs in overtime, 3-2 in a come-from behind victory that featured two unanswered Mammoth scores.
- Elizabeth Turnbull '18 leads the Mammoths' offensive effort with eight goals and three helpers to total a team-high 19 points on the season, while Kendall Codey '19 and Mary Grace Cronin '18 have also proved to be dangerous up front this fall. Notching 15 points each, Cronin has netted six goals and added three assists, while Codey owns five scores and five assists on the year.
- With 10 points, Shannon Tierney '19 is Amherst's final double-digit point getter through 15 games, with the junior registering four goals and chipping in two assists.
- A crucial part of the Amherst transition game, Caroline Feeley '18 and Laura Schwartzman '20 have each dished out four helpers to rank tied for second on the team.
- Emilie Flamme '20 (8-4) has logged the majority of minutes for the Mammoths, starting 12 games in between the pipes to amass 69 saves on a 1.58 goals against average, while Katie Savage '19 (2-1) has stood strong in 223:19 minutes, allowing one goal and earning two shutouts.
- Ranking inside the top-five in the league in points, Libby Dolan and Alex Bennett headline the Williams offense. With 17 scores and five assists for 39 points, Dolan sits in second in the NESCAC in both categories, while Bennett has tallied 11 goals and 10 helpers to notch 32 total points (fifth in the conference).
- Meredith Wright and Hannah Goodrick round out the Ephs top players on the attack, with Wright boasting 17 points on six goals and five assists and Goodrick chipping in four goals and eight helpers to total 16 points.
- In net, Emma Santucci (7-0) has started 14 contests for the Ephs, racking up 19 saves and a 1.03 goals against average, while Abby Lloyd (4-4) owns a 2.07 GAA behind 41 stops in 608:12 minutes in goal in 15 appearances.
2017 NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals - Saturday, October 28
No. 8 Bates at No. 1 Middlebury – 12 p.m.
No. 7 Bowdoin at No. 2 Tufts - 1 p.m.
No. 6 Amherst at No. 3 Williams – 12 p.m.
No. 5 Trinity at No. 4 Hamilton - 1 p.m.
Semifinals – Saturday, November 4
Lowest Remaining Seed at Highest Remaining Seed – 11 a.m.
Quarterfinal Winner vs. Quarterfinal Winner – 1:30 p.m.
Championship – Sunday, November 5
Semifinal No. 2 Winner vs. Semifinal No. 1 Winner – 12 p.m.