Late Goal Lifts No. 19 Field Hockey Past No. 12 Williams, 4-3 in Thriller

Late Goal Lifts No. 19 Field Hockey Past No. 12 Williams, 4-3 in Thriller

AMHERST, Mass. – Netting the go-ahead goal with just 1:32 remaining in regulation, the No. 19 Amherst College field hockey team dealt archrival and No. 12 Williams College its first loss of the season, 4-3 Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field.

With the win, Amherst improves to 3-2 on the season and to 1-2 in league play, while Williams drops to 3-1 overall (2-1 NESCAC).The Mammoths return to the field on Tuesday, Sept. 25 when they host non-conference foe and No. 17 MIT under the lights at 7 p.m.

Registering the first goal in the high-scoring matchup, Meredith Wright gave the visitors a 1-0 edge in the 24th minute, sending a penalty stroke into the top left corner.

Doubling their advantage less than seven minute later, Siobhan Morrissey proved to be in the right place at the right time as she capitalized on a defender's miscue on the left post and quickly sent a shot over the goal line.

Getting Amherst on the board before the break, Franny Daniels '21 cut the Mammoths' deficit in half with 1:13 on the clock. Racing towards net on a restart, Natalie Hobbs '21 set up the scoring play, with Daniels burying a pass from Hobbs into the nylon.

Deadlocking the contest at 2-2 with 23:22 remaining in the second half, Kendall Codey '21 tallied her first score of the game and third of the season following a corner insertion pass from Laura Schwartzman '20.

Once again converting on a corner opportunity, Codey gave the home team its first lead of the game in the 58th minute as she ripped a pass from Shannon Tierney '19 into the bottom right corner.

Seemingly setting up overtime with a dramatic goal following a Williams' timeout, Isabel Perry tied things up at three all 3:50 before the horn. The third score off a corner in the matchup, Perry snuck a low, hard shot through traffic just inside the near left post.

Undeterred by the Ephs' rally, the Mammoths bested their archrivals with a late score of their own, as Tierney found Schwartzman for the goal with 1:32 to play to lift Amherst to the 4-3 victory.

In between the pipes, Katie Savage '19 (3-2) recorded five stops for Amherst in the winning effort, while

Emma Santucci (2-1) made 11 saves for the Ephs in the loss.

Amherst edged Williams in shots and penalty corners, 17-14 and 9-5, respectively.