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Strong Second Half Propels No. 20 Amherst Past Wesleyan, 3-0

Strong Second Half Propels No. 20 Amherst Past Wesleyan, 3-0

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan field hockey team held Amherst (10-4, 5-4) to just one goal in the first half, but a strong performance in the second stanza propelled the Mammoths past the Cardinals.

Prior to the start of the contest, the Cardinals (4-10, 0-9) honored their senior class, featuring Meghan Jain and Caitlin Wood.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Amherst had an opportunity to get on the board 6:14 in, but Laura Schwartzman's penalty stroke went wide left, keeping the contest scoreless.
  • Wesleyan had a flurry of great chances to score during beginning at the 12:02 mark. The Cardinals took four shots over the ensuing 1:32, but the Amherst defense clamped down as the contest remained knotted 0-0.
  • The Mammoths found the back of the cage at the 20:41 mark after a penalty corner by Schwartzman. Beth Williamson stopped the insert, before hitting a hard shot to the bottom left corner for the 1-0 edge.
  • Out of the intermission, Amherst wasted little time, scoring just 1:14 into the stanza. After receiving a pass inside the circle, Franny Daniels spun around Wesleyan's goalie Delaney Wood, before chipping the ball into the cage for the 2-0 advantage.
  • The Mammoths added another tally at the 50:11 mark after an initial shot by Anna Agathis was denied by a diving-Wood. Megan Shea collected the rebound, sneaking it into the cage to make it 3-0.
  • The Cardinals looked to cut the deficit with 4:49 remaining, but back-to-back shots by Nikki Gerjarusak and Colleen Carrigan were thwarted by Amherst's goalkeeper Emilie Flamme, as Flamme preserved the shutout.  

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Despite the loss, Wood had a stellar performance in goal, making 19 saves during the contest.
  • Katie Savage picked up the win for the Mammoths, making four stops in 64:38, while Flamme had two saves in the final 5:22 of the contest.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan concludes the regular season on Wednesday when they entertain Connecticut College at 6:30 p.m. under the lights at Smith Field.