WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Four first half scores by third-seeded Williams stood as enough in the Mammoths' 2017 NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal bout, as the sixth-seeded Amherst College field hockey team fell to the Ephs, 4-2 Saturday afternoon at Williamson Field.
With the loss, Amherst is knocked out of NESCAC Championship contention and falls to 10-6 on the season, while Williams improves to 12-4 overall and is set to take on fifth-seeded Trinity in the Semifinals.
Breaking through in the 12th minute, Emery Sorvino '19 gave the Mammoths a 1-0 lead at the 12:35 mark on a dish from Mary Grace Cronin '18. Gathering the ball in the middle of the circle and sending a hard pass towards the left post, Sorvino quickly redirected the ball past the diving netminder to tally her second score of the year.
Evening the game at 1-1 less than a minute later, Alex Bennett notched her first of three goals on the day with 21:01 on the clock. Sending a ball towards frame from the left end line, Bennett received a fortuitous bounce as the ball trickled over the goal line.
The Ephs took their first lead of the contest in the 17th minute, as Bennett converted on a Williams' corner opportunity. Corralling the insertion pass from Hannah Goodrick at the top of the circle, Bennett powered a shot into the bottom left corner of the goal to set the score at 2-1.
Meredith Wright recorded Williams' third unanswered goal at the 19:53 mark following a sliding save on a shot by Bennett. Finding the loose ball in the goalie box, Wright tapped a shot into the nylon to extend the Ephs lead to 3-1.
The home team took a three-goal cushion into halftime after what stood as the final Williams' goal of the tilt, as Bennett finished off the hat trick with 1:51 remaining in the first stanza.
Kendall Codey '19 had two close calls for Amherst off of corners with 27:25 and 11:31 on the clock in the second half, with her shot in the 43rd minute going just wide right of the net. Looking for the bottom right corner of the goal later in the stanza, Codey's shot from the top left of the circle was just turned away as Abby Lloyd met the shot with an instinctive kick save.
Bringing the Mammoths within striking distance with 2:45 on the clock, Sorvino knocked in a third attempt on a rebound to bring the score to 4-2, however Williams held off the Amherst attack as time wound down to clinch the 4-2 win.
- Emilie Flamme '20 (8-5) made one stop in between the pipes for Amherst in 29:15 in the losing effort, while Katie Savage '19 played the final 40:45 in relief and registered one save. Lloyd (5-4) earned the win for the Ephs, making eight saves in goal.
- The Mammoths owned a 15-11 edge in shots, including a 10-6 advantage in shots on frame, while Amherst drew 10 penalty corners to Williams' seven.
- Sorvino and Codey led the Mammoths with three shots each, while a trio of Amherst players chipped in two apiece.
- Bennett took a contest-high nine shots, including five shots on target.