KEENE, N.H. – Firing all 15 shots attempts on frame and capitalizing on four of their five penalty corners in the first 35 minutes of action, the No. 18 Amherst College field hockey team used a dominate five-goal first half to power past Keene State, 5-1 Thursday evening at the Owl Athletic Complex.
With the win, Amherst improves to 6-3 on the season, while Keene State falls to 9-3 overall. Amherst returns to the field this Saturday, Oct. 6 when they host No. 15 Hamilton at Gooding Field beginning at 11 a.m.
Their third game in six days, the Mammoths showed no signs of fatigue, needing just 4:07 to take a 1-0 edge. Notching her seventh goal of the season, Kendall Codey '19 blasted a Laura Schwartzman '20 corner insertion pass past the outspread Owl keeper and into the bottom left corner.
Doubling the visitors' lead just over seven minutes later, Beth Williamson '22 made the most of a shot by Codey from the top of the arc following a corner as the first-year got her stick on the ball and deflected it over the goal line.
Striking once again at the 18:48 mark, Williamson tallied her second goal of the night to make it 3-0 in favor of Amherst on a near identical play to the Mammoths first score. Schwartzman was credited with the assist on the play.
The NESCAC's third leading scorer, Franny Daniels '21 found the back of the net for the third straight game with an unassisted effort in the 34th minute. The Mammoths' lone goal not immediately following a penalty corner, Daniels snuck a shot from the right side into the nylon.
Taking a controlling 5-0 lead into the halftime break, Amherst registered what stood as their final goal of the contest after time expired to close out a stellar first half. Drawing a corner before the horn, the Mammoths capitalized on the opportunity as Codey popped a reverse shot over the blocker of the Owls' keeper to get Schwartzman her third assist of the day.
Getting on the board at the 66:42 mark, Keene State was able to thwart an Amherst shut out with 3:18 remaining as Nicole Mercadante sent a dish from Ally McCall over the goal line.
In between the pipes, Katie Savage '19 (6-3) made three stops in the first half to earn the win for Amherst, while Emilie Flamme '20 racked up two saves in 35 minutes in relief. Rachel Loseby (8-3) took the loss for the Owls, recording 10 stops in a solid effort.
Putting all 15 of their shots on target, the Mammoths owned a 15-6 edge in shots on goal and a 15-11 advantage in shot attempts, while Keene State led in penalty corners, 9-6.