No. 14 Amherst Defeats No. 2 Tufts, 3-0
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – Katie Paolano ’16 recorded a goal and an assist as the 14th-ranked Amherst field hockey team handed second-ranked and defending national champion Tufts its first loss of the season with a 3-0 win Saturday at Gooding Field.
Saturday's shutout marked the first game in 10 years that Amherst held Tufts scoreless as the Jeffs won their fourth straight to improve to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the NESCAC. With the loss, the Jumbos are now 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference.
Amherst came out strong offensively and posted two shots on goal within the first three minutes of play. Tufts goalkeeper Brianna Keenan ’15 stepped out of the net to beat two Amherst players to the ball and saved a scoring chance from Paolano but the rebound went to Krista Zsitvay '14 whose attempt got caught under the goalie. The result was a penalty shot for Zsitvay as the senior took advantage of her opportunity and found the back of the net.
Two minutes later, Paolano found Madeline Tank ’15 on a clean pass to catch the Tufts goalkeeper out of position. With defenders closing in, Tank placed one through the posts to increase the Jeffs lead by two.
Following a Tufts timeout, the Jumbos came out strong and controlled the tempo for the next 10 minutes until Amherst was able to clear the ball out of their side of the field.
After some back-and-forth play, consecutive attempts from Zsitvay and Tank respectively at the 21:58 mark led to another score for Amherst as Paolano got the rebound off Tank’s shot and snuck one past the goalie to the left side of the net.
Midway through the second half, Zsitvay had another scoring opportunity but Keenan came out to make a great play on the ball and protect another goal. Neither team managed much offense in the second half as Amherst came out victorious, 3-0.
The Jeffs held a 13-8 advantage in shots while Tufts controlled penalty corners with 11 to Amherst’s eight.
The Jeffs return to the field tomorrow for a NESCAC road contest against Bates at 1 p.m.