AMHERST, MA.– A late goal from Laura Schwartzman lifts the Amherst College Mammoths (3-2, NESCAC 1-2) over the Williams College Ephs (3-1, NESCAC 2-1) to a 4-3 victory.
On the Ephs fourth penalty corner, the Mammoths fouled and gave the Ephs a Penalty shot. Senior Meredith Wright stepped up and slipped one over the glove of the Katie Savage for the first goal of the game at 25:01. Five minutes later, freshman Siobhan Morrissey scored her first collegiate goal (31:06) to double the Ephs score.
The Mammoths picked up the pressure and cut the Ephs lead in half after Franny Daniels connected with teammate Natalie Hobbs at 33:48.
The Ephs led 2-1 going into the half. Junior Abby Lloyd would take over in goal in the second half of the game for Williams, while Katie Savage remained and notched five saves on the day. Ephs Goalie Emma Santucci ended the first half with three saves. Abby Lloyd would finish the day with 8 Saves.
At the beginning of the second half, the Mammoths kept the pressure on the Ephs with several opportunities within the circle. At 46:58, the Mammoths tied the score off of a Kendall Casey shot from the top of the scoring circle, the assist came from Laura Schwartzman.
On their 8th penalty corner of the game, Kendall Casey put the Mammoths on top 3-2 with the assist coming from Shannon Tierney. The Mammoths had another opportunity at 61:20, but a kick save by Abby Lloyd cleared the danger for the Ephs.
The Ephs pushed the tempo and put some pressure on the Mammoth goalie with shots from Meredith Wright (63:38) and freshman Emma London (63:28), but the Mammoths were able to keep the ball out of the net. With 66:01, the Eph's called a timeout to regroup.
Out of the timeout, Isabelle Perry connected with Meredith Wright who put the Ephs level with her second goal of the game (66:10). The Mammoths answered back two minutes later with a goal from Laura Schwartzman with the assist coming from Shannon Tierney.
The Mammoths were able to hold onto their 4-3 lead until the end of the game.
"It's funny because we scored three goals, which is a good offensive game, but we lost the lead, and I think Amherst deserves the credit." Said Head Coach Alix Barale. "They beat us to a lot of balls and finished well. We were playing a little bit hectic, weren't making our regular passes and they finished well and had some beautiful shots. However, we hung in there and made it exciting, but it wasn't our best showing." Coach Barale also commented on the Ephs mindset heading into Sunday's game, "Hopefully we can use this disappointing loss to help motivate us and get us excited to play Bates. "
The Eph's next game is on September 23rd at Bates starting at 12 p.m.