NEW LONDON, Conn. – Franny Daniels registered a natural hat trick to lead No. 18 Amherst to a 3-1 victory over the Connecticut College field hockey team on Tuesday evening at Silfen Field.
The game was played in steady rain and ended moments before a thunderstorm moved into the area. Amherst controlled play from the opening whistle, peppering freshman goalkeeper Jackie Mountford (Sherborn, Mass.) with shots and accumulating four penalty corners before Daniels broke through with the game's first goal in the 22nd minute.
Amherst (5-3, NESCAC 2-3), which led 1-0 at the break, got two more goals in the second half from Daniels to pull away. The sophomore doubled the margin when she collected a loose ball in the right corner and backhanded a shot to the opposite post in the 50th minute. Less than 10 minutes later, Kaplan sent a pass from the top of the circle to Daniels that she finished again to the opposite post from the right side.
The Camels were able to get on the board in the 64th minute to pull within two. Senior Jamie Navoni (Northborough, Mass.) sent a dangerous ball in from the right side that goalkeeper Katie Savage couldn't handle, and junior Sophie Pollinger (Summit, N.J.) dove forward to finish on the open cage. Connecticut College then called a timeout to regroup, but the Mammoths held their ground the rest of the way to earn their second NESCAC win of the season as a thunderstorm was moving into the area.
Savage picked up the win between the posts by making four saves for Amherst. Mountford suffered the loss after turning away nine shots for the Camels.
Connecticut College (2-8, NESCAC 0-6) continues NESCAC play when it visits Bates on Saturday afternoon at noon.