Amherst defeats Williams 9-6

Eph's Kat Fearey '19
Eph's Kat Fearey '19

Amherst, MA—Williams (4-9/1-8 NESCAC) took the field against Amherst (5-6/2-5 NESCAC) this gray afternoon.

The game began with strong offensive from the Mammoths. Though Williams won draw control, Amherst senior Claire Cagnassola forced a turnover almost immediately. The home team was soon taking repeated shots on goal. Eph goalkeeper, senior Margaret Draper, defended these well, saving six shots before Cagnassola succeeded in scoring off of an assist from sophomore Annie Cohen at 20:45. Just over two minutes later, the Ephs hit back. Senior Katie Gallop scored unassisted at 18:35 and then assisted first-year Kara Wollmers to another point at 15:31.

The two teams went on to battle for control for much of the remainder of the half, with neither able to score for some time. This period of the game was broken up by the administering of a yellow card to Amherst junior Kelly Karczewski. With about 5 minutes left on the clock, junior Julia Crerend broke the back-and-forth with a goal for the Mammoths. She was assisted by Cagnassola.

Amherst scored once more before the half, with 52 seconds remaining. This brought the team to a 3-2 lead.

The powerful Amherst offensive continued after half time. Within the first 3 minutes back on the field, first-year Hannah Fox scored twice. At 25:15, however, Williams was able to put a hold on this 4 goal scoring streak. After a timeout, the Ephs won draw control and fought to keep the ball where they wanted it. A ground ball pickup by Gallop was quickly turned into a goal by sophomore Korinna Garfield. This was followed by another Williams goal at 20:33, scored by sophomore Emma Tenbarge.

At 12:14, the Ephs caught up with Amherst's lead, tying the game up at 5-5 with a goal from sophomore Kallie Saudek, assisted by senior Jenna Chodos.

Amherst called a timeout after this goal and came back to the game with renewed vigor. The team won control of the draw, and within a minute Crerend had netted the point to begin an Amherst lead that would hold through the game's end. This goal was quickly followed by another from Fox.

The Ephs had certainly not given up, and after a clear at 8:20 Williams offense was on the attack. After her shot on goal at 7:21 was saved by Amherst goalkeeper, junior Kyra Gardner, Garfield picked up the ground ball and took another shot. This one was not saved, and the Ephs got their last point of the game with the clock at 7:20.

Amherst scored twice more before the close of the match, and the game ended 6-9.

Coach Chris Mason acknowledges that this was not the team's strongest game, but she pointed out the excellent work of junior Kat Fearey on defense and Draper in goal. "They were outstanding today," she says. Draper faced a remarkable 23 shots on goal from the Mammoths, and of these she was able to block 14. Garfield also had a particularly strong game, scoring twice for the Ephs. The other Williams points were scattered between players, but Gallop had two assists in addition to her one goal.

For the Mammoths, Gardner saved 8 of 14 shots on goal. Crerend and Fox split the team's lead in goal-scoring, with three each, but Crerend distinguished herself with two assists on top of that.

The strong game played by Amherst can be seen in the numbers, as they led in shots and shots on goal—26-19 and 23-14 respectively. They also had the most ground balls, posting 17 to Williams' 6. 

The Ephs are excited to take on Middlebury this coming Wednesday, April 26, at 6:30PM in Middlebury, VT. Amherst will next be taking the field that same day, at home at 6:00 PM.