AMHERST, Mass. – A three goal first half by the Mammoths that featured two scores by sophomore Anna Agathis proved too much to overcome for the Engineers, as the No. 16 Amherst College field hockey team edged No. 19 MIT, 3-2 Tuesday evening at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 4-2 on the season, while MIT falls to 6-4 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 29 when they travel to No. 3 Tufts for a 12 p.m. NESCAC clash.
Giving the Mammoths the edge 9:59 into the contest, Laura Schwartzman '20 netted her second goal of the season following a penalty corner. Putting two quick shots on target, the MIT keeper was up to the initial task, however Schwartzman was able to knock down a defender's clearing attempt in the ensuing scrum and buried a shot inside the left post.
Striking 12:22 later, Agathis doubled the home team's lead. Taking advantage of an error by the Engineers' goalie who whiffed on an attempt to kick a leading pass to safety, Agathis tapped the ball over the goal line.
Tallying her second score of the matchup and what stood as the game-winner, Agathis extended Amherst's lead to 3-0 in the 26th minute with an assist from Sage Geyer '22. Intercepting a MIT pass 30 yards out, Shannon Tierney '19 found Geyer just inside the arc who dished the ball to Agathis on the right side for the score.
The Engineers best chance of the first half came at the six minute mark, as Bailey Tregoning found her way behind the defense with a a clear path to net, however a great defensive play by Grace Johnson '21 kept the Amherst 3-0 lead intact at the break as she raced across the field and was able to cleanly poke the ball away.
Getting the visitors on the board 4:26 into the second half, Amanda Garofalo cut MIT's deficit to two with an unassisted effort. Streaking down the right sideline, Garofalo cut to net and tucked a sweeping shot with a defender on her back just inside the near post.
In a close call for the Mammoths, Taylor Grey nearly made it a one-goal game for MIT with 10:55 remaining in regulation, ripping a shot from the top left of the arc off the far post following a penalty corner.
Playing until the final buzzer, MIT Emma Majercak set the score art 3-2 with 37.9 seconds on the clock as Devon Goetz found Majercak all alone on the left post for the uncontested score.
Keeping control of the ball in the final seconds, the Mammoths never gave the visitos a chance to net the equalizer as Amherst held on for the 3-2 victory.
Amherst led the final stats on shots and penalty corners, edging the visitors 19-6 and 9-3, respectively.
In between the pipes, Katie Savage '19 (4-2) made two stops for Amherst in the winning effort, while Grace Moore (6-4) racked up eight saves for MIT in the loss.