AMHERST, Mass. – Netting the most goals in a single game since 2015 and tying the second highest single-game total in program history, the No. 17 Amherst College field hockey team cruised past Keene State College, 9-0 Wednesday evening at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-1 on the season, while Keene State falls to 1-3 on the year. Amherst returns to action this Saturday, Sept. 14 when they travel to No. 19 Hamilton College for an 11 a.m. NESCAC bout.
Capitalizing on Amherst's second corner of the game, sophomore Natalie Hobbs kicked off a prolific scoring night for the Mammoths 4:24 into the contest. Positioning herself in front of the net following the insertion pass, Hobbs tipped Sage Geyer's '22 blast from the top of the circle off the pad of the keeper and in.
Doubling the home team's edge three minutes later, Caroline Donahue '21 made it 2-0 Amherst with an assist from Anna Agathis '21. Geyer set up the scoring play, making a great move in her defender to give Agathis space for a shot that was met with kick save, however Donahue was there to bang home the rebound.
Keeping things rolling in second, Hobbs sparked a five-goal run by the Mammoths in the 16th minute. Franny Daniels' '21 individual effort led to the eventual score as she dived to keep an errant shot from sailing wide before the ball popped out of the ensuing scrum and onto the stick of Hobbs who quickly turned and powered a shot into the lower left corner.
Striking once again 22 seconds later, Jackie D'Alleva '23 netted her first collegiate goal to give the Mammoths a 4-0 edge as Daniels connected with the first-year on the far left post for the redirect.
Looking to get on the board midway through the third quarter, the Owls put together a pair of dangerous chances, with Kelsey Roberts and Nina Bruno each forcing the Amherst keeper to make highlight reel stops to preserve the shut out.
The Mammoths closed out the contest with a goal in both the third and fourth period, with Geyer potting a tally at the 31:14 mark and Daniels notching the final score of the night with 1:16 to play.
In between the pipes, Emilie Flamme '20 (2-1) registered five saves for Amherst in the shutout win. Rachel Loseby (1-3) took the loss for the Owls, making 12 stops in 23:04, while Jordan LaRaus picked up 14 saves in 36:56 in relief.
Dominating all facets of the game, the Mammoths owned a commanding advantage in shots (54-6), shots on goal (36-5) and corner opportunities (22-2).