Stinebaugh '19 scores but No. 9 field hockey edged by Amherst

Sarah Stinebaugh '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Sarah Stinebaugh '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Amherst College's Mary Grace Cronin and Caroline Feeley scored unassisted goals and the nationally ranked No. 8 Mammoths posted a 2-1 NESCAC field hockey win against the ninth-ranked Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Goodfriend Field on a rainy Saturday.

Sarah Stinebaugh '19 scored her third goal this season and the ninth of her career for the Continentals. Michaela Giuttari '20 was credited with her second assist this year and she leads the conference with 32 points. Julia Booth '19 made nine saves.

Emilie Flamme turned away seven shots, including six in the second half, for Amherst. The Mammoths (8-2 overall) are tied for third place in the conference standings with Williams College with a 4-2 NESCAC record.

Hamilton (7-4, 4-3) is alone in fifth place in the conference standings. The Continentals travel to Williams for an important NESCAC game on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m.

Cronin gave Amherst a 1-0 lead with her fifth goal just 88 seconds into the first half. She intercepted a pass by a Hamilton defender on the left wing after a restart and went in alone on Booth, who charged off her line and dove to stop Cronin. Booth got a piece of the ball but it was still in play and Cronin collected it and shot it towards the cage. Sarah Kane '19 nearly stopped it for the defensive save but the ball popped over her stick and trickled across the goal line.

Stinebaugh tied the score with 27:50 left in the half. Giuttari dribbled the ball along the end line to the left of the cage and tried to backhand a centering pass. Flamme stopped the ball with her leg but Giuttari got to it first and poked the loose ball towards the right side of the cage. Stinebaugh and at least two defenders dove for the ball and it was Stinebaugh who poked it over the goal line.

Feeley notched the go-ahead goal -- her first this year -- on a great individual effort with 44 seconds remaining in the half. She eluded a couple defenders, dribbled into the circle from the right wing and unleashed a hard shot that banged off the left-side wall of the cage.

The Continentals had some great chances to tie the score in the second half. A penalty corner about five minutes in led to consecutive shots by Lizzie Clarke '20, Stinebaugh and Margaret Revera '18, but Flamme stopped all of them. Hamilton enjoyed a two-played advantage for 41 seconds after two Mammoths were sent off for two minutes each with green cards at 41:14 and 42:33 of the contest but couldn't produce any offensive chances.

Consecutive corners produced two shots but no goals for the Continentals with less than eight minutes to play. Hamilton called a timeout with 6:13 left and, about a minute later, the Continentals pulled Booth for an extra field player. The move nearly paid off as Eleni Neyland '18 had a decent scoring chance in the final seconds but Flamme kicked Neyland's shot away just before the final horn sounded.

Hamilton's Brooke Talsania '19 was credited with a defensive save as she blocked a shot by Kendall Codey out-of-bounds with her stick after a corner while Booth was on the sidelines with about two minutes remaining.

Amherst held a 16-11 shot advantage and was awarded 12 penalty corners to six for the Continentals. The Mammoths play another NESCAC game at Colby College on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m.