Lord Jeffs Post 3-1 Win at Keene State

Contact: Ben Badua

Krista Zsitvay '14 netted a pair of goals in Amherst's 3-1 season-opening victory over Keene State.

KEENE, N.H. - Krista Zsitvay ’14 netted a pair of goals to lead the 12th-ranked Amherst field hockey team to a 3-1 season-opening win at Keene State.

In control from start to finish, the Jeffs held a decisive 28-4 shot advantage and a 18-5 edge in corners, with a stifling Amherst defense allowing just one second half shot.

Needing to make just one save to earn the victory, Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 logged all 70 minutes in net, while helping the visitors begin the season with a win for the fifth time in six years. Sophomore counterpart Caitlin Davino-Draper made nine stops in the loss as the Owls fell to 2-2.

With Bella Robinson ’16 making a big defensive save just 16:33 in to deny Zsitvay a chance at an early goal, Keene State quickly looked to seize the momentum as Melissa Habelow ’14 beat Tannenbaum with a low shot inside the right post off a penalty corner.

Just over 10 minutes later, Zsitvay answered, cutting in on Davino-Draper before tucking a shot inside the far right post to pull Amherst even.

Still tied at 1-1 just over 12 minutes into the second half, Kerry Fusco ’15 carried the ball up the right side before finding an open Madeline Tank ’15, who one-timed the go-ahead goal into the cage at 47:54.

Hoping to keep pace, Kalin Billert ’13, who assisted on the Owls’ first period score, nearly deadlocked the game on a breakaway bid, but lost control of the ball before being able to put a shot on net.

Looking to put Keene away, Zsitvay struck again, tracking down her own rebound near the top of the circle before slotting a low try inside the left post to extend the Amherst margin to 3-1 with less than seven minutes to play.

Amherst will look to stay in the win column on Tuesday, Sept. 11 when it plays host to Mount Holyoke in its 2012 opener on Gooding Field.