Amherst Blanks Hamilton, Moves to 5-0


AMHERST, Mass. – Krista Zsitvay ’14 and Katie McMahon ’13 scored two goals apiece during the 10th-ranked Amherst College field hockey team’s 5-0 win over Hamilton College Saturday at Gooding Field.

Madeline Tank ’15 also scored for the Lord Jeffs, who needed a relentless attack to counter a spectacular effort by Hamilton goalie Victoria Trentini ’15. The Continental sophomore stopped 29 of the first 32 shots Amherst placed on goal, but the hosts kept the pressure on and finished with a 49-3 shot advantage.

Amherst (5-0, 2-0 NESCAC) will travel to take on Middlebury College tomorrow at 2 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s conference semifinals and NCAA quarterfinals. Hamilton (0-5, 0-4 NESCAC) will take a break from its conference schedule when it hosts Oneonta State next Tuesday.

Saturday marked only the second meeting between Amherst and Hamilton, with the Continentals winning last year’s series debut by a score of 2-1 in Clinton, N.Y. It looked like the second meeting would be another low-scoring outcome, as Trentini kept the Jeffs off the scoreboard by making 10 saves in the opening 18 minutes.

Amherst finally broke through when Zsitvay received a pass with her back to the goal, turned and ripped a shot to the corner of the cage with 15:56 remaining in the opening half. Zsitvay had a hand in the second goal as well, dribbling along the end line before finding McMahon, who pushed a one-timer past Trentini with 13:14 to go.

The Jeffs added some breathing room with 7:55 to play in the first half when first-year Katie Paolano tipped the ball ahead to Tank, whose one-time attempt made it a 3-0 game. The assist was the first of Paolano’s career, as Amherst held a 23-1 advantage in shots at the break.

Trentini was phenomenal again in the second half and managed to keep Amherst at bay for the first 28 minutes, but the hosts padded their lead with two goals in a span of 1:11. After McMahon put home her own rebound with 6:47 remaining, Zsitvay carried the ball in alone and beat Trentini for a 5-0 Amherst lead at 5:36.

Katie White ’16 relieved Trentini and stopped the only shot she faced in 2:10, while Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 stopped two shots for the Jeffs and improved to 5-0 on the season. It was another impressive performance by the Amherst defense, which posted its second consecutive shutout.