No. 19 Field Hockey Breaks Away From Bates, 3-1 on Senior Day

No. 19 Field Hockey Breaks Away From Bates, 3-1 on Senior Day

AMHERST, Mass. – Beth Williamson '22 notched two helpers and three different Mammoths found the back of the net as the No. 19 Amherst College field hockey team downed Bates College, 3-1 Sunday afternoon at Gooding Field on Senior Day. 

With the win, Amherst improves to 8-4 on the season and to 4-4 in league play, while Bates drops to 5-7 on the year (2-6 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 18 when they host Smith in a non-conference clash beginning at 7 p.m. under the lights. 

Getting on the board at the 15:09 mark, Laura Schwartzman '20 tallied her fourth goal of the fall to give the home team an early lead. Capitalizing on a penalty corner opportunity, the initial shot from Anna Agathis '21 was met with a diving stick save, however the rebound ricocheted directly to Schwartzman on the left post for the put-back score.

Nearly doubling the home team's lead two minutes later, Franny Daniels '21 powered a high shot from the right of the penalty hash on frame, however Bobcat's keeper Ellie Bauer got the knob of her stick on the ball to come up with the clutch save.

Upping the offensive pressure, the Mammoths made it 2-0 in the 26th minute behind Daniels' 12th goal of the season that ranks her third in the category in the NESCAC. Setting up in front of the keeper following a corner insertion pass, Daniels tipped a blast from Williamson over the goal line, five-hole.

Responding 1:29 later with a near identical play, Taylor Lough netted her team-leading seventh goal of the year to cut Bates' deficit to 2-1 at the break as she deflected a shot from Grace Fitzgerald from the top of the arc through the legs on the Amherst goalie.

Regaining a two-goal cushion 2:49 into the second half, Williamson registered her second assist of the day on a score by first-year Natalie Hobbs. Positioned on the far post, Hobbs redirected a knee-level shot by Williamson into the nylon.

A back-and-forth final 30 minutes of action was highlighted by two athletic saves by Mammoths' keeper Katie Savage '19, with the senior turning away an attempt by Isa Garcia-Moreno on a 3-on-1 in the 22nd minute before shutting down Bridget Thompson with two minutes remaining to lift Amherst to the 3-1 victory.

In between the pipes, Savage (8-4) posted six stops for Amherst in the winning effort, while Bauer (3-3) made four saves for Bates in the loss.

Fueled by a dominant first half, the Mammoths owned the advantage in shots and penalty corners, 12-9 and 6-4, respectively.

Today's game marks Senior Day for the Mammoths who will graduate six seniors following the 2019 season, including: midfielder and captain Megan Shea, midfielder Shannon Tierney, forward Emery Sorvino, midfielder and captain Debbie Newmark, defender and captain Kendall Codey, and goalkeeper Katie Savage. As a class, this year's seniors have compiled an overall mark of 41-20 to own a .667 winning percentage with a 21-17 record against NESCAC opponents and a 22-8 ledger at home. During that time, the Mammoths have outscored opponents 185 to 101 and have won three Little Three titles, qualified for three consecutive NESCAC Championship tournaments and compiled the fifth highest team GPA in all of Division III in 2017.