Daniels Converts on First Two Shots of Game as Amherst Downs MIT, 2-1

Daniels Converts on First Two Shots of Game as Amherst Downs MIT, 2-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Finding the back of the net on the Mammoths' first two shots of the game off dishes from Caroline Donahue '21, Franny Daniels '21 tallied her third and fourth goals of the fall to help lead the Amherst College field hockey team past the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2-1 Wednesday evening at Jack Barry Field.

With the win, Amherst improves to 5-2 on the season, while MIT falls to 4-4 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 28 when they travel to archrival Williams for an 11AM conference bout.

With the majority of the first period played between the 25-yard lines, it looked like the sides would enter the break in a scoreless deadlock until a pass interception off a MIT restart got the visitors on the board with 1:12 on the clock. Corralling the ball at the edge of Engineer territory, Donahue dished a long leading pass to Daniels alone in front of the cage before the junior sidestepped to her left and drove a sweeping shot into the bottom right corner.

Carrying the momentum into the second quarter, Amherst doubled their lead 1:38 after the starting whistle. Teaming up once again, two passes got the ball to the stick of Donahue inside the arc who quickly one-touched a pass to Daniels for the score as she fell to the turf.

Looking to respond three minutes later, a penalty corner gave Amanda Garofalo a solid chance to cut the Engineers' deficit to one, however her blast from the top of the circle rang off the left post.

Getting on the board in the 40th minute, Liberty Ladd got MIT within striking distance as a no look pass across the goal line jumped over the stick of a Mammoths' defender and to Ladd on the far post for the redirect score.

Staving off the home team in the final period, Amherst allowed just one shot on frame that was turned away by the Mammoths' keeper to clinch the 2-1 victory.

In between the pipes, Emilie Flamme '20 (5-2) registered three stops for Amherst in the winning effort, while Grace Moore (4-4) made two saves for MIT in the loss.

The Engineers owned the advantage in shots and penalty corners, 10-6 and 4-2, respectively, while both sides put four shots on target in the matchup.