WATERVILLE, Maine – Striking in each of the first two periods to take a two-goal lead 17 minutes into the contest, the Mammoths' defense shone throughout the stretch to lead the Amherst College field hockey team to a pivotal 2-0 shutout win over No. 17 Colby College Saturday afternoon at Bill Alfond Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 8-5 on the season and to 3-5 in conference play, while Colby drops to 8-4 overall (4-4 NESCAC). Amherst next takes the field on Saturday, Oct. 26 when they travel to No. 15 Bates College for an 11AM conference matchup.
Getting the visitors on the board in the 12th minute, first-year Jackie D'Alleva potted her second goal of the fall following a Mammoths corner opportunity. Ripping a shot on target from the top of the arc, Sage Geyer's '21 blast was met with a kick save, however the rebound bounced directly to the stick of D'Alleva who juked around a defender and sent a shot from point-blank range into the bottom right corner.
Doubling Amherst's lead less than four minutes later, Beth Williamson '21 added an insurance tally off a dish from Laura Schwartzman '20. Corralling Schwartzman's corner insertion pass on the circle, Williamson blasted a low shot past the Mules' keeper, five-hole.
The final 43 minutes of play featured fast-paced, aggressive back-and-forth action, but the Mammoths' defense stood strong, with the first of just three Colby shots on net coming in the 33rd minute as Amherst picked up the 2-0 win.
The Mammoths owned the advantage in shots (13-6), shots on frame (9-3) and penalty corners (8-4), while Kiera Alventosa '21 led all players with two shots on target.
In between the pipes, Emilie Flamme '20 (8-5) registered three saves to earn her fourth shut of the year and earn the win for Amherst, while Emily Buckman (8-4) made seven stops in the loss for Colby.