NEW LONDON, Conn. – Playing through a consistent downpour Tuesday evening, the Mammoths came out on top at Silfen Field as Franny Daniels '21 recorded her first collegiate hat trick to lead the No. 18 Amherst College field hockey team past Connecticut College, 3-1.
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-3 on the season and to 2-3 in conference action, while Connecticut College drops to 2-8 overall (0-6 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the turf this Thursday, Oct. 4 when they travel to Keene State for a 6:30 p.m. non-conference matchup.
Tallying her team-leading sixth goal of the season, Daniels gave the visitors a 1-0 edge at the 21:40 mark. Positioned on the far post, Daniels buried a follow-up shot off a rebound into a wide open net.
Registering her second goal of the game, Daniels made it 2-0 in favor of the Mammoths in the 49th minute with an unassisted effort. Controlling the ball out of a scrum in front of the goal, Daniels powered a reverse shot over the goal line and into the bottom left corner with 20:25 to play.
Capping off her first collegiate hat trick, Daniels beat the Camel goalie for the third time with 10:05 remaining in regulation to extend the Mammoths' lead to 3-0. Notching her first-ever point for Amherst, Sophia Kaplan '22 was credited with the assist as she found Daniels racing towards net before the sophomore blasted a shot into the opposite corner.
Fending off an Amherst shut out, Sophie Pollinger got the Camels on the board at the 63:20 mark with an assist from Jamie Navoni. Finding the back of the net 25 seconds after a Connecticut College timeout, Navoni sent a great pass from the right end line past the sliding Mammoth keeper to Pollinger for the tap-in score.
In between the pipes, Katie Savage '19 (5-3) made four stops for Amherst in the winning effort, while Jackie Mountford (2-5) racked up nine saves for the Camels in the loss.
The Mammoths held the advantage in both shots and penalty corners, 14-6 and 11-3, respectively.