Strong First Half Sends No. 18 Amherst Past Keene State

Strong First Half Sends No. 18 Amherst Past Keene State

KEENE, N.H. - No. 18 Amherst College scored three times within the first 20 minutes and went on to defeat the Keene State College field hockey team 5-1 on Thursday night at Owl Athletic Complex.


  • Keene State:  9-3
  • No. 18 Amherst:  6-3

How It Happened

The Mammoths scored off their first three corners of the contest to gain control early.  After KSC goalkeeper Rachel Loseby had made a pair of stops in the 4th minute, Amherst's Laura Schwartzman took a corner at the 4:07 mark and found the stick of Kendall Codey as the visitors struck first.  It was a similar script a bit later, as Loseby again made a pair of stops on Shannon Tierney and Franny Daniels with about ten minutes gone, but Amherst found the back of the cage just over a minute later.  Schwartzman again took a penalty corner and fed the ball to Codey, whose pass found the stick of Beth Williamson for a 2-0 Mammoths lead.  Keene State looked to answer quickly after, but shots by Julia Babbitt and Kayla Klein went wide, and Klein and Courtney Jessup were stopped by Amherst goalie Katie Savage.  The Mammoths responded and were on the board once more at the 18:48 mark when, again, Schwartzman took a penalty corner and set up Williamson.  Amherst closed the half with two goals in 19 seconds to go up 5-0.  Leading scorer Daniels scored unassisted at the 34:41 mark, and Codey scored her second of the game from Schwartzman with no time left on the clock.

Six minutes into the second half, the Owls had one of their best scoring opportunities of the game, but Babbitt's shot hit the post and stayed out.  Her chance at the 52:32 mark went wide.  Loseby made four more stops within a minute span shortly thereafter, and the Owls eventually broke the shutout in the 67th minute.  After Nina Bruno and Klein were denied by Mammoths relief goalie Emilie Flamme, Ally McCall found Nicole Mercadante at the 66:42 mark to make it a 5-1 game.

Loseby (9-3) made ten stops in the KSC cage.  It is the third time she has recorded double-digit saves this season.  Savage (6-3) made three stops and Flamme two for Amherst, with each goalie seeing one half of action.

Penalty Strokes

  • Amherst had a 15-11 advantage in shots (15-6 on goal).  Keene State had a 9-6 edge in penalty corners.
  • It was Keene State's second meeting with a ranked opponent this season, as they fell to then-No. 18 Trinity College (Conn.) on September 20.  The Owls still have a trip to Williams College, currently No. 13, on October 18.
  • The Mammoths lead the all-time series 8-2.  Keene State's last head-to-head win came in 2002.

Up Next

  • Keene State stays home to host Framingham State University in LEC action on Saturday, October 6 at 12:00 pm.  It is the second of three straight games at Owl Athletic Complex for KSC, their longest homestand of the season.
  • 18th-ranked Amherst will entertain No. 15 Hamilton College in NESCAC action on the same day at 11:00 am.