AMHERST, Mass. – Owning a 1-0 lead heading into intermission, the Mammoths powered to a three-goal second stanza as the No. 7 Amherst College field hockey team dropped Keene State, 4-0 Tuesday evening in a non-conference bout at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst starts the season 3-0 for the first time since 2012, while Keene State falls to 2-3 on the year. Amherst returns to action this Saturday, Sept. 16 when they host No. 5 Middlebury in NESCAC action beginning at 11 a.m.
Following quiet opening 20 minutes that saw no shots on goal, an Amherst timeout reenergized the squad, with the Mammoths going on to outshoot the Owls, 12-1 in the final 15 minutes of half.
Getting on the scoreboard with time winding down in the opening stanza, the Mammoths took a 1-0 lead following a corner with 2:49 on the clock. Capitalizing on some tic-tac-toe passing as the 32:17 mark, Elizabeth Turnbull '18 dished the pass from Shannon Tierney's '19 back to the Garden City, N.Y. native on the far right of the circle. Driving a hard shot on target, Tierney beat the Owl netminder short side.
Amherst nearly doubled their lead with 1:10 remaining in the half, but Hailey Beaupre came through for Keene State on the goal line, recording the defensive save to keep it a 1-0 game.
Holding the momentum after halftime, Anna Agathis '21 tallied her first collegiate goal at the 47:03 mark. Gaining inside positioning on a defender after a corner insertion pass, Agathis deflected Emery Sorvino's '19 shot from the top of the circle into the bottom left corner of the net.
Mary Grace Cronin '18 extended the Mammoth lead to 3-0 10 minutes later, finding Sorvino's centering pass in a scrum in front of the goal and burying her shot attempt before Tierney notched her second goal of the contest in the 63rd minute to increase the lead to four.
Owls Kendal Brown and Aly McCall made a final bid to thwart the shutout with just over two minutes to play, sending back-to-back low, hard shots on frame, but Mammoth goalie Katie Savage '18 came up with two impressive kick saves to direct Amherst to the 4-0 victory.
- In between the pipes Emilie Flamme '20 (3-0) made three stops in the winning effort for Amherst before Savage entered and recorded two saves in relief, while Jordan LaRaus (2-3) logged 11 stops for the Owls in the loss.
- The Mammoths owned a decisive edge in shots, 21-6 and penalty corners, 10-1.
- Sorvino led all players with four shots on target in the matchup, while a trio of Owls each put one shot on frame.