AMHERST, Mass. – Ranked No. 18 in the NFHCA Division III Preseason National Coaches Poll, the Amherst College field hockey team hits the field in 2018 looking to make a splash in the perennially tough NESCAC after posting a 10-6 overall ledger and a 5-5 mark in conference play a season ago.
Returning 20 veterans, the Mammoths boast an experienced core to lead the way this fall, while newcomers Sage Geyer '22, Sophia Kaplan '22, Natalie Hobbs '22 and Beth Williamson '22 add new energy to this year's squad.
Seeing action in all 16 contests last fall in a breakout junior season, Emery Sorvino '19 is primed to build on the experience of an eight point season as a leader of the offensive attack for the Mammoths alongside Heather Brennan '20 and Franny Daniels '21 who each earned their way into playing time during their rookie campaigns.
The Mammoths return a battle tested midfield in 2018, with Laura Schwartzman '20, Shannon Tierney '19 and Anna Agathis '21 each starting all 16 contests last season for Amherst. A versatile component of the transition game, Schwartzman dished out four helpers, while Agathis tallied a goal and an assist in an impressive first-year campaign. Tierney ranked fourth on the team with 10 points a year ago behind four scores, including two game-winners, and two assists and will look to remain a dangerous scoring threat this fall.
Boasting consistency and skill for Amherst, Megan Shea '19 saw the field in 15 games as a reliable role player and leader on the midfield patrol, while Kiera Alventosa '21 and Debbie Newmark '19 look to contribute minutes after solid performances on the field last fall.
A Second Team All-NESCAC and All-Region honoree last season after amassing five goals, five assists and a noteworthy three defensive saves, Kendall Codey '19 headlines a staunch defensive unit. Grace Johnson '21 is also set to once again be a mainstay in the backfield for Amherst, with the sophomore earning 16 starts as a shutdown defender in 2017.
Goalkeepers Emilie Flamme '20 and Katie Savage '19 both return to the fold this fall and will anchor the defense after each seeing game action a season ago. Flamme will look to build on a 13 start year that saw her boast 70 saves, while Savage owned a 0.27 goals against average and tallied two shut outs in 6 appearances.
Amherst hosts Mount Holyoke on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. on Gooding Field to kick off the season before embarking on a three game road trip that will feature contests against Bowdoin (9/8), Middlebury (9/15) and Endicott (9/20). Returning home, the Mammoths then take on Williams on Sept. 22 and MIT on Sept. 25 before finishing off the month with a road game at Tufts on the 29th.
October opens on the road with bouts at Connecticut College (10/2) and Keene State (10/4) before the Mammoths embark on a four game home stand. Matchups on Gooding include Hamilton (10/6), Colby (10/13), Bates (10/14) and Smith (10/18). The regular season concludes with a home and away series, with Amherst traveling to Wesleyan on Oct. 20 before taking on Trinity on Gooding in their regular season finale on Wednesday, Oct. 24.