No. 20 Amherst Strikes in All Four Quarters to Open 2019 with Big 5-1 Win

No. 20 Amherst Strikes in All Four Quarters to Open 2019 with Big 5-1 Win

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Starting off the 2019 season with a bang, the No. 20 Amherst College field hockey team found the back of the net in all four quarters to power past Five College rival Mount Holyoke, 5-1 Thursday evening at the Turf and Track Complex.

With the win, Amherst opens the new season with a 1-0 record, while Mount Holyoke falls to 1-1 on the year. Amherst returns to action this Saturday, Sept. 7 when they welcome No. 15 Bowdoin College to Gooding Field for their 2019 home opener. First whistle is slated for 11AM.

Needing just 4:47 to get on the board, Beth Williamson '22 tallied the Mammoths' first goal of the season to give the visitors an early lead. Executing on their first corner opportunity of the night, senior Laura Schwartzman's insertion pass connected with Williamson at the top of the arc before the sophomore blasted a low strike five-hole.

Doubling Amherst's advantage at the 18:55 mark, Heather Brennan '20 potted what stood as the game-winner as she redirected a shot from Natalie Hobbs '22 past the Lyons keeper.

Breaking though at the halfway point in the second period, Margaret Robb cut the Mammoths lead to 2-1 in what stood as the only Mount Holyoke score of the contest. Capitalizing off a penalty corner, Laurissa Montigny stopped the ball at the top of the circle to set up Robb's rip into the bottom left corner.

Retaking a two-goal edge five minutes later, Amherst made the most of a 4-v-2 fast break as Hobbs collected the ball behind midfield, dribbled 50 yards and drew a defender to her before hitting Franny Daniels '21 just right of the penalty stroke hash for the score.

Extending the Mammoths edge to 4-1 with just under 20 minutes remaining in regulation, Caroline Donahue '21 teamed up with Sage Geyer '22 to tip a full wind-up blast into the nylon.

Netting a final insurance tally in the 52nd minute, Hobbs picked up her fourth point of the game and first goal of the season as she juked around the sliding Lyons keeper and powered the ball into an empty net in a highlight reel play to seal Amherst's season opening 5-1 victory.

In between the pipes, Emilie Flamme '20 (1-0) registered four saves in the winning effort for Amherst, while Morgan Turner (1-1) made 12 stops for the Lyons in the loss.

Hobbs and Daniels each put six shots on target to lead the contest, while Amherst held the advantage in shots (32-11), shots on goal (18-5) and corner opportunities (11-7).