Zsitvay Powers Jeffs Past Williams, 4-0
Contact: Ben Badua
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Krista Zsitvay ’14 netted three goals to lead the 11th-ranked Amherst field hockey team to a decisive 4-0 win over Williams College (1-4/0-3 NESCAC).
Having now won five of the last six meetings with their archrivals, the Jeffs evened their season slate at 2-2, while improving to 2-1 in NESCAC play.
Controlling possession in the early going, the Purple & White kept the Ephs pinned in their defensive zone for the first six minutes of action. With Williams pushing forward in the 11th minute, Amherst netminder Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 made consecutive saves on Emily Jablonski ’14 and Caitlin Conlon ’15 to keep the Jeffs level.
Clearing the ball, Amherst quickly transitioned to the offensive end. Making a move toward the left corner, Zsitvay turned to goal, beating Williams goalkeeper Nina Kumar ’16 at 14:01 for her first goal of 2013. Earning a penalty stroke just before the end of the half, Zsitvay added to her season tally, converting the try to give the Jeffs a 2-0 lead heading into the intermission.
Hoping to change the momentum at the start of the second stanza, the Ephs won a pair of penalty corners over the first 10 minutes of action. Jablonski eluded a pair of defenders and put a solid attempt on target at 42:08, but Tannenbaum stood tall, making the save to keep the home team off the board.
Winning a penalty corner of its own, Amherst looked to extend its margin in the 47th minute. Ellie Andersen ’15 got the play started with the insert to Alex Philie ’14 at the top of the circle. With Andersen cutting to the front of the cage, Philie slotted a pass back toward the left corner, finding her teammate for Amherst’s third marker of the afternoon.
Continuing to apply pressure, the Jeffs capped off the scoring in the latter stages of the second half as Zsitvay tucked a shot into the lower left corner with 8:20 remaining.
Amherst finished with a 14-11 shot advantage and a 9-8 edge in corners. Tannenbaum made four saves en route to her second win of the season, while Kumar made seven stops.
The Jeffs return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 24 against Springfield.