AMHERST, Mass. – Sophomore Jackie Mountford (Sherborn, Mass.) made a season-high 17 saves, but it wasn't enough, as the Connecticut College field hockey team came up just short against Amherst by a 1-0 score on Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field.
Mountford registered 13 stops in the first half alone and most notably turned away back-to-back shots from point-blank range at the midway point of the opening quarter. The sophomore netminder turned away both high percentage attempts by Kiera Alventosa and Natalie Hobbs.
After senior captain Sophie Pollinger (Summit, N.J.), Kerri Maron (Sudbury, Mass.) and Caroline Ferro (Wilton, Conn.) came up empty on three consecutive shot attempts, Amherst finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the 27th minute off a penalty corner. Sage Geyer bounced a shot off Mountford's blocker, and Hobbs was in the right place to collect the rebound and send the ball inside the left post to give the host Mammoths a 1-0 lead that they carried into the break.
Despite surrendering the game's initial goal, the Camels had plenty of chances to respond during a more tightly-contested second half in which Amherst only held a slight 8-5 edge in shot attempts. The visitors' best opportunity to net the equalizer came with just over four minutes remaining in regulation when Maron sent a shot which went inches wide right of the frame and was subsequently pushed into a scrum to earn her team a penalty stroke. Ferro's ensuing strike, however, sailed left of the goal.
Emilie Flamme was credited with eight saves between the posts to earn the win for Amherst, while Connecticut College's Mountford turned away 17 shots in the setback. Junior Abby King (Canton, Mass.) was also credited with a defensive save for the Camels.
Connecticut College (1-4, NESCAC 0-2) will next travel to Worcester State to play a rescheduled game on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.