#10 Amherst College 2, Connecticut College 0 Murphy, Navoni Lead Camels in Close Home Loss

#10 Amherst College 2, Connecticut College 0 Murphy, Navoni Lead Camels in Close Home Loss

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Heather Brennan (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Mary Margaret Stoll (Avon, Conn.) scored goals in the second half to lead the 10th ranked Amherst College field hockey team to a 2-0 victory at Connecticut College Wednesday night. 

The Purple and White improved its record to 8-2 overall with a 4-2 mark in the NESCAC. The Camels fell to 1-8 overall and are 1-5 in conference play.

Connecticut College played a very strong, sound game in the opening half. In the opening minute of action, junior Jackie Murphy (Danvers, Mass.) nearly executed on a penalty corner but Amherst keeper Emily Flamme (Harding, N.J.) was able to make the save on the shot from the left side of the arc.  Sophomore Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) did her part, blocking a pair of shots on Amherst corners and the game was scoreless at the intermission. 

But with 3:17 elapsed in the second half, the Purple and White took the lead for good when Brennan re-directed Laura Shwartzman's (Darien, Conn.) shot into the back of the cage. Later on with 9:03 remaining, Amherst added an insurance marker on a penalty corner. Connecticut College senior Ryley van der Velde (Louisville, Ky.) came up with one of her nine saves in the half and Murphy contributed with her league leading sixth defensive save during the sequence, but Mary Margaret Stoll was able to gain possession and score for the visitors.

Van der Velde came up with another diving stab with 4:30 to go but the Camels could not get any closer and Amherst was able to hold on for the 2-0 win.