WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – A three-goal first half by the Ephs proved too much to overcome as the Amherst College field hockey team fell to archrival and No. 12 Williams College, 4-1 Saturday morning at Williamson Field.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 5-3 on the season and to 1-3 in league play, while Williams improves to 6-1 overall (3-1 NESCAC). Amherst is right back at it again tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 29, returning to Gooding Field to host top-ranked Middlebury College in a 12 PM conference clash.
Their first of three consecutive scores off penalty corners, the Ephs got on the board 6:59 into the contest. After a block on the initial shot from the top of the arc led to a scrum, Emma Ticknor sent a bouncing shot towards frame that was tipped by Emily Batchelor across the goal line.
Looking to counter with 1:30 remaining in the first quarter, Sage Geyer '22 powered a bouncing shot from the top right of the arc on target, however the Williams' netminder stood strong in net to come up with the kick save.
Doubling their advantage at the 16:15 mark, Simone Veale redirected a blast from Catherine Torres into the top left corner before a score by Ticknor made it 3-0 three minutes later.
Giving Williams a 4-0 cushion in the 40th minute, Elizabeth Welch gathered the loose ball at the penalty hash and ripped a quick shot into the bottom right corner.
Breaking through at the 54:04 mark, Beth Williamson '22 netted the Mammoths lone score of the day after intercepting a clearing attempt at the top of the circle following an Amherst corner. Winding up on the right side, Williamson drove a low hard shot through traffic and past the Ephs' keeper.
The Ephs held the edge in shots and penalty corners in the matchup, 19-4 and 11-3, respectively.
In between the pipes, Emilie Flamme '20 (5-3) registered seven saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Abby Lloyd (6-1) made one stop for Williams in the win.