Hamilton Scores Game-Winner to Edge Field Hockey Past Amherst 3-2

AMHERST - Senior co-captain Rachel Hamilton scored the game-winning goal with 3:15 left in the third quarter to lift the Tufts University field hockey team to a 3-2 NESCAC victory at Amherst College on Saturday at Gooding Field.

Co-captain Rachel Hamilton netted the game-winner for Tufts.

The Jumbos improve to 8-2 with a 5-1 conference record, while the Mammoths fall to 6-5 with a 2-5 conference mark. Tufts was ranked #7 and Amherst was receiving votes in this week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III poll.

Sophomore Claire Foley got the scoring started early for the Jumbos just under two minutes into play. She redirected a ball from sophomore Gillian Roeca in a scrum off a corner, scoring while spinning to her left for a shot that went through traffic and into the net.

However, the Mammoths would get the equalizer just 58 seconds later. Off a shot from junior Kiera Alventosa, senior Laura Schwartzman was in place for the rebound after a save by Tufts goalie Andie Stallman. Schwartzman was able to swipe the ball out of midair into the top of the goal to tie the game at one.

The Mammoths would take a 2-1 lead early in the third quarter on a corner. The ball was inserted by Schwartzman who to sophomore Beth Williamson, who took a shot that was blocked by Foley. However, the ball returned to Williamson and she dished to junior Anna Agathis who one-timed it into the net.

The Jumbos responded seven minutes later as senior Marguerite Salamone got to the ball on the doorstep of the Amherst goal during a corner. She collected her own rebound after two initial shots wouldn't go, and her third shot found its way past Mammoth goalkeeper Emilie Flamme to tie the score at 2-2.

Less than 90 seconds later, Hamilton gave Tufts the lead as she capitalized on a rebound in front of the Amherst net for the eventual game-winner. The original shot was taken by Salamone.

Depite a green card on Salamone, Tufts would lock down defensively in the fourth quarter and not allow an Amherst shot on goal on their way to recording the win.

Tufts tallied a total of 15 shots throughout the game, while Amherst produced eight shots. The Jumbos earned six penalty corners to Amherst's two. Stallman stopped four shots in Tufts' cage, while Amherst's Flamme saved six.

The Jumbos continue NESCAC road play tomorrow as they face Hamilton College at noon. Amherst plays next on Wednesday at Smith College with a 7 pm start time.