HARTFORD, Conn. – Despite hitting nylon on their first shot of the night, a two-goal, fourth period rally by the Bantams was enough to overcome the Mammoths' early lead as the No. 20 Amherst College field hockey team was edged by Trinity College, 2-1 in its regular season finale Tuesday evening at Robin Sheppard Field.
With the loss, Amherst closes out the 2019 season with an 8-7 overall ledger and a 3-7 mark in conference action, while Trinity improves to 8-7 on the year (3-7 NESCAC).
Entering the evening, Amherst held a one-game advantage over the Bantams for the eighth-seed and final spot in the NESCAC postseason, however Trinity's win gives the sides identical 3-7 league records, with Trinity owning the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Capitalizing on the only shot on target by either team in the first half, junior Franny Daniels tallied her Mammoths-leading sixth goal of the fall with an assist from sophomore Sage Geyer to give the visitors an early edge. Beating the Bantams' netminder at the 12:10 mark, Geyer's hard strike from the right side found its way to Daniels in the circle who poked the ball past her defender and snuck a low shot into the opposite corner.
Tying things at one all 35 seconds into the fourth and final stanza, Nicole Quinlan scooped up Kendall Brown's rebound on the right post following a Trinity corner and sent a follow-up attempt over the goal line.
The Bantams dealt the final dagger with 2:27 remaining in regulation, with Caelin Flaherty forcing a turnover in Mammoths territory and dishing a pass to Brown at the penalty hash who quickly turned and chipped a shot into the bottom right corner.
Pulling their keeper in an effort to pot the equalizer late, Amherst was unable to force overtime as the home team's defense kept the Mammoths without a shot attempt as time wound down.
The Bantams owned the advantage in shots on frame, 3-1, and penalty corner opportunities, 5-0.
Emilie Flamme '20 (8-7) registered one save in the losing effort in between the pipes for Amherst, while Emma Cropper (7-6) went without a stop for Trinity in the win.