AMHERST, Mass. – Netting what stood as the game's lone score in the 27th minute, Natalie Hobbs '22 picked up her third game-winning goal of the season as the Amherst College field hockey team edged Connecticut College, 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 4-2 on the season and to 1-2 in league play, while Connecticut College falls to 1-4 overall (0-3 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field on Wednesday, September 25 when they travel to MIT for a 6:30 PM non-conference matchup.
The first half proved to be a goalie battle between the two sides, with Emilie Flamme '20 picking up five saves and Jackie Mountford registering 13 stops while putting on a clinic in between the pipes.
Testing Mountford at the 8:40 mark in the first quarter, Kiera Alventosa '21 and Hobbs forced the Camels keeper to make back-to-back stops on shots from point-blank range before Caroline Donahue '21 gathered a leading pass in stride, crossed up her defender and drove an uncontested shot on frame from seven-yards out at the 4:01 mark. Mountford continued to hold strong on the line however, making a right pad split save.
Doing her part to keep the score deadlocked with 7:15 on the clock, Flamme thwarted a solid scoring chance by the visitors following a corner, blanking Sophie Pollinger, Kerri Maron and Caroline Ferro on three consecutive shots.
Breaking through in the 27th minute, sophomore forward Hobbs netted her fourth goal of the fall to give the Mammoths a 1-0 edge heading into intermission. Drawing a corner opportunity, Sage Geyer '22 sent a high bouncing shot off the blocker of the Camels keeper before Hobbs cleaned up the rebound and sent a follow up attempt off the left post and into the nylon.
The third and fourth quarter featured more tightly contested play between the conference foes, with Amherst owning a slight 8-5 edge in shots.
Connecticut College's best chance to record the equalizer came with just over four minutes remaining in regulation. Nearly capitalizing on a Camels' corner, Kerri Maron's shot went inches wide right of frame before being stopped and pushed into a scrum in front of the net and earning the visitor's a penalty stroke. Stepping up to the penalty hash, Caroline Ferro was unable to get the Camels on the board late as her shot trickled left of the goal.
In between the pipes, Flamme (4-2) made eight saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Mountford (1-4) racked up 17 stops for Connecticut College in the loss.
Hobbs led all players with six shots on frame on the day, while the Mammoths owned the advantage in shots (32-12), shots on goal (19-8) and penalty corners (18-8).