AMHERST, Mass. – Four different Mammoths found the back of the net as the No. 20 Amherst College field hockey team exploded for three second half goals to shut out Five College rival Smith, 4-0 Thursday evening at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 9-4 on the season, while Smith falls to 9-6 overall. Amherst returns to action this Saturday, Oct. 20 when they travel to Little III rival Wesleyan for a 12 p.m. conference matchup.
Converting on a corner opportunity at the 14:36 mark, Beth Williamson '22 jumped the Mammoths out to a 1-0 lead with her third goal of the year. Setting up at the top of the arc, Williamson powered the insertion pass from Laura Schwartzman '20 off a defender's stick and into the top right corner of the net.
Doubling the home team's advantage 2:42 into the second half, Kendall Codey '19 capitalized on Amherst's fourth penalty corner of the contest to register her 10th score of the fall. Gathering a dish from Shannon Tierney '19, Codey rifled a low shot through traffic and past the Pioneers' keeper.
Holding Smith's deficit at two, Channy Cornell came up with a big stop for the Pioneers with with 21:04 remaining on the clock, turning away a reverse shot by Franny Daniels '21 with her blocker after the ball made its way out of a scrum and to Daniels on the left post.
Making it 3-0 in the 54th minute, first-year Natalie Hobbs tallied an unassisted score for the highlight reel. Gathering the ball near midfield, Hobbs cut back on a Smith player and dribbled 50 yards downfield with a defender on her heels before sliding a shot over the goal line.
Keeping up the pressure, Hobbs nearly found the back of the net once again six minutes later as she sent a perfectly placed shot from the left side towards the far post, however Jessica Jacinto came up with an impressive defensive save to rob a Mammoths score.
Adding one final insurance dagger, Tierney buried the rebound after Cornell got her pad on a shot from the top right of the arc to lift Amherst to the 4-0 shutout.
Tremendous defense by the Mammoths landed Katie Savage '19 (9-4) the victory despite going untested in between the pipes, while Cornell (9-5) recorded eight saves for Smith in the loss.
Amherst owned a dominative edge in both shots and penalty corners, 21-2 and 6-2, respectively.