AMHERST, Mass.--Sophomore goalkeeper Jordan LaRaus made a career high 11 saves as the Keene State College field hockey team suffered a 4-0 loss to No. 7 Amherst College on Tuesday night.
- Keene State: 2-3
- Amherst: 3-0
How it Happened
Keene State stayed with the Mammoths for much of the first half, keeping Amherst off the scoreboard until the final minutes of the opening stanza. LaRaus stood on her head to keep Amherst at bay, making a save on Kendall Codey in the 26th minute following a penalty corner, followed by two stops on Mary Grace Cronin and another on Emery Sorvino.
The Mammoths broke through at the 32:17 mark, as Shannon Tierney beat LaRaus following a pass from Elizabeth Turnbull. Hailey Beaupre kept it 1-0 at the half with her second defensive save in as many games to keep Codey from finding the back of the cage.
Amherst added another early in the second half, as Anna Agathis made it 2-0 in the 48th minute.
LaRaus made another stop on on Sorvino in the 56th, and Keene State put pressure on the Amherst cage a few minutes later, as Ally McCall fired wide and Casi Smith's shot was saved by Emilie Flamme. Kendal Brown had a defensive save in 61st minute for the Owls to stop Tierney.
The Mammoths tacked on two more goals, with Cronin scoring in the 58th minute and Tierney getting her second of the game in the 64th.
- The Mammoths had moved up to No. 7 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Poll earlier in the day, after starting the season ranked No. 13. It was the second nationally ranked opponent in three games for the Owls, who played No. 17 University of New England earlier this year.
- LaRaus set a new single-game career high in saves for the second game in a row, having recorded seven against Worcester State on September 9.
- Keene State returns home to host Springfield College on Thursday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m.
- Amherst hosts Middlebury in a NESCAC contest on September 16 at 11 a.m.