AMHERST, Mass. – Hitting the three-goal mark for the third time in five games, a two score second period propelled the Mammoths to victory as the Amherst College field hockey team shut out Endicott College, 3-0 Tuesday evening at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 3-2 on the season, while Endicott falls to 3-3 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 21 when they host Connecticut College in a 12 PM conference clash at Gooding Field.
Looking to get on the board two minutes into the contest, Addi Williams had a solid scoring chance for the Gulls as she collected a long pass into the circle just above the penalty hash and quickly turned and sent a shot on frame. Mammoths keeper Emilie Flamme '20 proved to be on her toes early however and picked up a left pad save to keep the game scoreless.
Putting on the pressure in the second period, Sage Geyer '22 nearly broke the deadlock with 10:37 on the clock, but a big defensive save by Zoe Shibel and a clutch stop by Endicott goalie Taylor Farrin on the ensuing penalty shot by Natalie Hobbs '22 kept the sides at 0-0.
Breaking through a minute later, Hobbs avenged the earlier save with an assist from Gwen Allen '23. Looking move the ball out of a scrum in front of the net, the Gulls' clearing attempt landed at the stick of Allen on the right side who drove a low hard pass to Hobbs on the far left post for the redirect score.
Doubling the home team's edge with 3:11 before the break, senior Laura Schwartzman potted her second goal of the fall following a penalty corner. Sarah Edelson '23 set up the scoring play, powering a shot from the top of the arc on target that was met with a diving save before Schwartzman sent an attempt on the rebound into the nylon.
Adding an insurance tally with 12:17 remaining in regulation, Beth Williamson '22 netted her team-leading fourth goal of the season off a direct corner insertion pass from Schwartzman. Setting up at the top of the arc, Williamson's blast beat the Gulls keeper low left side.
Olivia Lampasona teamed up with Kristen McCarthy in a bid to break Endicott's shut out in the 53rd minute as Lampasona drove down the left side and sent a perfect stick-to-stick pass to an open McCarthy on the far post, however Flamme read the play from start to finish and was able to get across the line in time to register the stop.
In between the pipes, Flamme (3-2) made five saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Farrin (3-3) racked up eight stops for the Gulls in the loss.
Hobbs led all players with four shots on frame in the matchup, while the Mammoths owned the advantage in both shots, 17-9, and penalty corners, 11-6.