MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Registering their fourth consecutive victory and second straight shut out, the No. 20 Amherst College field hockey team powered past Little III rival Wesleyan, 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Smith Field to claim the Little III title for the ninth season in a row.
With the win, Amherst improves to 10-4 on the year and to 5-4 in league play, while Wesleyan falls to 4-10 overall (0-9 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field on Wednesday, Oct. 24 when they host Trinity at 6 p.m. in their regular season finale.
Tallying her second goal in as many games and what stood as the game-winner, Beth Williamson '22 got the Mammoths on the board at the 20:41 mark with help from NESCAC assist leader Laura Schwartzman '19. Capitalizing on a penalty corner opportunity, Williamson ripped a shot into the bottom left corner from the top of the arc.
Locked in after intermission, Amherst needed just 1:14 to double their advantage as Franny Daniels '21 netted her team-leading 13th goal if the season. Natalie Hobbs '22 set up the scoring play, cutting back on a defender just outside the arc and sending a pass to Daniels all alone behind the defense. Dribbling to her left, Daniels made the most of the chance, as she sent a reverse shot past the diving Cardinals keeper.
Adding a final insurance dagger for the Mammoths with 19:49 on the clock, Megan Shea '19 found the back of the net following a shot by Anna Agathis '21. Up to the initial task, Delaney Wood turned away the attempt by Agathis, however the rebound deflected to Shea on the left post for the putback score.
In between the pipes, Katie Savage '19 (10-4) made four saves in 64:38 to earn the win for Amherst, while Emilie Flamme '20 notched two stops in relief. Wood (4-8) took the loss for Wesleyan, racking up a noteworthy 19 saves.
Putting 22 of their 28 shot attempts on frame, the Mammoths owned a 22-6 edge in shots on target and a 13-5 advantage in penalty corners in the matchup.