NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - A goal by Mariah Ollive in the 47th minute proved to be the game-winner as Smith College posted a 2-1 victory over Mount Holyoke College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Tuesday.
With the win, the Pioneers move to 5-5 with a 3-1 mark in conference play. The Lyons slip to 5-5 and are now 1-2 in the NEWMAC. The victory for Smith also marks the first against MHC since 2003.
Mount Holyoke opened the game's scoring in the 13th minute as senior Sarah LaQuerre lifted a high arcing shot up over the reach of the goalkeeper at the top of the circle. Junior Charlotte Wagner, who sent the injection to the top, earned the primary assist.
Smith responded in the 30th minute as Casey Rau fired the ball in from the top of the circle. Julia Robinson, who had injected on the corner, crossed to the middle and was able to tip the ball in for the equalizer.
The Pioneers capped the scoring in the 47th minute as Elsie Odhiambo crossed the ball to the left side, where Ollive tipped it in for the go-ahead.
Smith, which held a 14-11 advantage in shots for the game, saw goalie Cameo Tietje earn the victory with six saves. MHC, which posted a 10-9 clip on penalty corners, saw junior Liz DiCesare shoulder the loss with 10 saves.
The Lyons return to action on Thursday when they host Simmons at 7pm.