AMHERST, Mass. – Heating up late, the Amherst College field hockey team recorded two scores in the final 16 minutes of action to push past Little III rival Wesleyan University, 2-1 and earn a critical league victory Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 6-4 on the season and to 2-4 in conference play, while Wesleyan falls to 5-5 overall (1-5 NESCAC). Amherst next takes the field in their regular season home finale, hosting No. 5 Tufts University on Saturday, October 12. Opening whistle following Senior Day celebrations is slated for 12PM.
Breaking the scoreless deadlock with 53.2 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Franny Daniels '21 potted her team leading fifth goal of the fall off a dish from Anna Agathis '21 to give the home team a 1-0 edge. Capitalizing on the second of back-to-back corners, Beth Williamson's '22 shot from the top of the arc was one-touched by Agathis to Daniels behind the Cardinals keeper for the score.
Countering 43 seconds later, Wesleyan beat the buzzer to notch things at one all entering the final period behind an unassisted goal from Diana Schwarz. Corralling a pass from Nikki Gerjarusak in front of the net, Schwarz sidestepped an Amherst defender before lofting a shot from the right side up and over the diving Amherst goaltender.
Potting what stood as the game winner in the 52nd minute, Kiera Alventosa '21 tallied her third score in as many games with an unassisted effort. Stopping a long ball from going past the end line to the right of the Cardinals' goal, Alventosa spun on her defender to get the front of the frame before sending a sweep shot inside the near post.
Holding the visitors to just one shot in the final 8:53, Amherst claimed the crucial 2-1 conference victory.
The Mammoths controlled the pace of play for the majority of the contest, owning the advantage in shots (15-4), shots on target (11-3) and penalty corners (11-4).
Emilie Flamme '20 (6-4) registered two saves for Amherst to earn the win in between the pipes, while Delaney Wood (4-5) made nine stops for Wesleyan in the losing effort.