AMHERST, Mass. – Unwavering with the clock winding down, the Mammoths battled back from a 1-0 deficit late to force overtime before clinching the victory in extra minutes as the No. 19 Amherst College field hockey team edged Colby, 2-1 in a thriller Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 7-4 on the season and to 3-4 in league play, while Colby falls to 6-6 overall (2-6 NESCAC). The Mammoths return to the field tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 14 when they host Bates on Gooding Field beginning at 12 p.m. on Senior Day.
Taking the lead after 56 minutes of scoreless action, the Mules capitalized on their second and final penalty corner opportunity of the day at the 57:46 mark. Notching her team-leading 11th goal of the season, Georgia Cassidy's blast from the top left of the arc deflected off a defenders' stick and up-and-over the Amherst's keeper's head for the score. Delaney Keithley was credited with the assist on the play.
Deadlocking the contest with 1:28 remaining in regulation, Laura Schwartzman '20 found the back of the net for her third score of the fall to force overtime between the sides. Up to the initial task, Riley Whitmyer made a split save on a shot from the top of the arc, but the rebound bounced directly to Schwartzman near the left end line who spun and sent a quick shot past the diving goalie.
Building on the momentum of the late game-tying goal, the Mammoths needed only 4:02 of extra time to secure the come-from-behind victory. Sophomore Franny Daniels played hero for the home team, tipping a long drive from Schwartzman through the legs of the Colby netminder and over the goal line at the 74:02 mark.
In between the pipes, Katie Savage '19 (7-4) made four saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Whitmyer (5-6) registered 11 stops for Colby in the loss.
The Mammoths owned the advantage in shots and penalty corners, 19-5 and 12-2, respectively.