AMHERST, Mass.--Sophomore goalie Jordan LaRaus made a career high 11 saves as the Keene State College field hockey team fell to No. 7 Amherst College on Tuesday night.
- Keene State: 2-3
- Amherst: 3-0
How it Happened
The Owls kept the Mammoths off the board for much of the first half, as LaRaus made seven of her 11 stops in the opening stanza. The sophmore kept Kendall Codey out in the 24th minute, and denied her against two minutes after that. Julia Babbitt had the first real opportunity on goal for the Owls but was stopped by Amherst netminder Emilie Flamme, while LaRaus did the same on Mary Grace Cronin seconds later.
LaRaus kept the door shut, with stops on Emery Sorvino, Cronin, and Anna Agathis, but the breakthrough came for Amherst in the 33rd minute, as Shannon Tierney turned home a pass from Elizabeth Turnbull. Hailey Beaupre kept it 1-0 at the break with a defensive save on Codey.
In the second half, LaRaus made yet more saves, twice denying Sorvino, before Agathis made it 2-0 in the 48th minute. Ally McCall had the Owls' first chance of the second half, shooting wide, while Casi Smith saw her effort saved by Flamme.
Cronin's goal in the 58th minute made it 3-0, and Kendal Brown had a defensive save to keep Tierney out. Tierney did get her second of the game in the 64th to complete the scoring. Amherst reserve goalie Katie Savage preserved the shutout by making saves on McCall and Brown in the 68th minute.
- The Mammoths moved up from No. 13 to No. 7 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll earlier in the day. It's the second nationally ranked opponent of the season for Keene State, who also played No. 17 University of New England on September 2.
- LaRaus set a single came career high in saves for the second year in a row, after making seven stops against Worcester State this past Saturday.
- Tonight's game began a stretch of three games in four on the road for the Owls. Keene State heads to Fitchburg State and Plymouth State on September 16 and 19, respectively, after Thursday's game against Springfield College.
- Keene State hosts Springfield College on Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m.
- Amhersts welcomes Middlebury to town for an 11 a.m. start on Saturday, September 16.