AMHERST, Mass. – Starting the 2018 season off in impressive fashion, the No. 18 Amherst College field hockey team broke free of an early 1-1 deadlock to record three unanswered scores and power past Mount Holyoke College, 4-1 Thursday evening at Gooding Field.
Jumping out to a quick 1-0 lead 7:09 into the battle, senior captain Megan Shea tallied the Mammoths first score of the season following a pin-point pass from Natalie Hobbs '22. Cutting towards net, Shea corralled Hobb's dish between two defenders and drove the ball over the goal line.
Undeterred, the Lyons responded less than a minute later to even things up at 1-1 as Kristina Ramsden deflected a shot from Lia Messersmith past the Amherst keeper to net her second score of the year.
Taking a 2-1 lead into the break, the Mammoths struck once again with 4:30 on clock as Kendall Codey '19 recorded what stood as the game-winner off a penalty corner insertion pass from Laura Schwartzman '20.
Earning a comfortable lead in the second half, Amherst registered two more scores in the opening 20 minutes to take a 4-1 edge.
Finding the back of the goal in the 45th minute, Hobbs tallied her first collegiate goal to give the Mammoths a 3-1 lead. Cutting through the circle, Hobbs redirected a pass from Schwartzman at the stroke mark into the nylon.
Amherst's second goal of the contest off a penalty corner opportunity, Schwartzman earned her third assist of the game as she teamed up with Codey at the top of the circle for the marker.
With the victory, Amherst opens the season 1-0, while Mount Holyoke falls to 1-1 on the year. The Mammoths return to action on Saturday, Sept. 8 when they travel to conference rival Bowdoin for an 11 a.m. NESCAC matchup.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Katie Savage '19 (1-0) made two stops to earn the win for the Mammoths, while Morgan Turner's (1-1) took the loss for the Lyons despite her impressive 20 save effort.
- Amherst owned a dominative advantage in both shot attempts and corner opportunities, 37-3 and 13-2, respectively.
- Codey led the matchup with two scores, while Anna Agathis '21 put a game-high four shots on goal.
- Margaret Robb, Ramsden and Mirei Golding-Powers led the Lyon offense, with each student-athlete putting a shot on target.