No. 18 Amherst Edged By No. 15 Hamilton in Overtime Thriller, 4-3

No. 18 Amherst Edged By No. 15 Hamilton in Overtime Thriller, 4-3

AMHERST, Mass. – Trading scores throughout regulation, a goal by Kendall Codey '19 to deadlock the contest with 2:35 remaining was not enough to sway a Mammoth victory, as the No. 18 Amherst College field hockey team fell to No. 15 Hamilton College, 4-3 in an overtime thriller at Gooding Field.

With the loss, Amherst falls to 6-4 on the season and to 2-4 in league play, while Hamilton improves to 9-2 overall (5-2 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 13 when they host Colby at Gooding Field beginning at 11 a.m. 

Striking 3:59 into the matchup, Sarah Stinebaugh gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage with an unassisted effort. Corralling a loose ball on the right side, Stinebaugh sent a bouncing shot through traffic between the legs of the Amherst keeper. 

Getting on the board in the 25th minute, Codey netted her eighth goal of the fall with an assist from Laura Schwartzman '20. Capitalizing on a corner opportunity, Codey blasted a shot from the top of the arc into the bottom left corner. 

The Continentals retook the lead just over a minute later, as Michaela Giuttari found the back of the net at the 26:32 mark. Earning a corner to set up the scoring play, Giuttari batted down a shot from Lizzie Clarke that had been deflected high into the air. 

Starting the second half strong, the Mammoths needed just 3:18 to tie the game at 2-2. Registering her first score of the year, Heather Brennan '20 tipped a shot from Natalie Hobbs '22 over the goal line.

Seemingly sealing the game late, Mary Kate Sisk found the back of the net for Hamilton with 5:35 remaining in regulation, as she was just able to get her stick on a low hard shot from Lizzie Clarke to redirect the ball into the nylon.

Undeterred, Amherst battled back to force overtime with the clock winding down, as Schwartzman once again teamed up with Codey on a corner opportunity to add a Mammoth goal to the board at the 67:25 mark.

The hard-fought, back-and-forth contest was ultimately decided in the 78th minute, with Giuttari recording her NESCAC-leading 14th goal of the year to lift the visitors to the 4-3 overtime victory.

In between the pipes, Katie Savage '19 (6-4) made six saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Julia Booth (9-2) racked up 15 stops for Hamilton in the win.

The Mammoths owned the edge in shots in penalty corners, 23-16 and 16-8, respectively.