Seventh-Seeded Mammoths Fall to Second-Seeded Tufts, 2-0

Seventh-Seeded Mammoths Fall to Second-Seeded Tufts, 2-0

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Jumbos tallied markers in the opening and closing minutes of the NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal battle, as the seventh-seeded Amherst College field hockey team fell to second-seeded Tufts University, 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Ounjian Field.

With the loss, No. 20 Amherst closes out the season with a 10-6 overall record, while national No. 4 Tufts improves to 15-1 on the year and advances to play third-seeded Williams in Semifinal matchup next Saturday at top-seeded Middlebury. 

Both sides started out the game strong in an evenly played first half. Despite the teams switching possessions and moving the ball well from end-to-end, shots on frame were hard to come by due to impressive defensive play.

Grabbing the advantage 11:45 into the contest, Hanaa Malik netted her fourth goal of the fall and what stood as the game-winner with an assist from Beth Krikorian. Capitalizing on a perfectly executed set corner play, Krikorian dished a quick pass from the top of the arc to Malik on the left post who one-timed a shot past the diving keeper and into the opposite corner.

Pushing to get on the board before intermission, Kendall Codey '19 powered a blast through traffic on target following a corner insertion pass at the 33:14 mark, however Andie Stallman stood strong in net and turned the shot away to keep the home team out in front. 

The second half opened in similar fashion to the first stanza, with several momentum shifts dominating play early on. 

Testing Mammoths' keeper Katie Savage '19 in the 48th minute, Rachel Hamilton earned a great scoring chance from the Jumbos as she rifled a shot on target from point-blank range, but Savage came through in the clutch to keep the visitors' deficit at one as she stonewalled the attempt and kicked it away.

Earning three straight corner chances four minutes later, Amherst made a bid to even the scoreboard. Not willing to budge, the Tufts defense remained calm under pressure and cleared the area each time while not allowing a shot to reach net.

With the Mammoths down a player after receiving a green card, Claire Foley added an insurance dagger with 5:40 remaining in regulation to help the Jumbos clinch the 2-0 victory as she sent a shot from the left side over the goal line.   

In between the pipes, Savage (10-6) registered four saves in the loss for the Mammoths, while Stallman (7-0) made one stop for Tufts in the winning effort.

The Jumbos owned the edge in shots on target and penalty corners, 6-1 and 7-5, respectively.