WATERVILLE, Maine -- A tying goal in the 86th minute by Weller Hlinomaz '18 was not enough for No. 9 Amherst College, who suffered a 2-1 loss in double overtime at Colby College in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action.
The loss, just Amherst's second of the year, ends a seven-game unbeaten streak for the Mammoths and drops them to 6-2-2 (3-2-2 NESCAC). There will not be time to dwell too much on it, as they travel across Maine to play at Bates at 3:00 pm tomorrow afternoon.
"We need to turn the page quickly, as the Bates kickoff is in less than 24 hours. We'll need to be better tomorrow," said Amherst head coach Justin Serpone.
"We just weren't good enough today. We're looking for more consistency and our results show that. This is the best league in the country and any team can beat any other team. If you're not at your best you don't have a chance."
Hlinomaz capitalized on one of Amherst's eight corner kicks, taking the service from Cutler Coleman '19 and knocking in his third goal of the year. That was the payoff of the Mammoth's working hard to tie the game after Jeff Rosenberg had given the Mules a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal way back in the 17th minute.
Despite a 15-12 shots advantage for Amherst, Colby outshot the Mammoths 4-1 in the two extra periods. Rosenberg created the game-winner halfway through the second extra period, feeding Jansen Aoyama, who beat keeper Michael Stone '21, who made four saves in defeat.
"Congrats to Colby on a hard fought win," added Serpone. "They are a rapidly improving team and worked hard all day. I'm sure they'll enjoy it."
- Jimmy McMillian '19 had three shots, two of them on goal for Amherst, while Coleman got one of his three attempts on target.
- Avery Gibson made six saves for Colby.
- The Mammoths had not allowed a goal since October 4th, having played to a scoreless draw with Hamilton and shutout Connecticut College.
- This was the third consecutive overtime game for Amherst, and the fourth in five times out since the start of October. The Mammoths are now 2-1-2 this year in overtime games.