Jeffs Cruise Past Conn. College, 6-0
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - The 10th-ranked Amherst field hockey team extended its win streak to 10 games with a 6-0 victory over Connecticut College on Gooding Field.
Having now won four-straight against the Camels, Amherst improved to 10-2 (8-1 NESCAC) on the year, while Conn. College fell to 3-9 (1-7 NESCAC). Krista Zsitvay ’14 had a pair of goals, while Madeline Tank ’15, Katie Paolano ’16, Annika Nygren ’16 and Sara Culhane ’17 accounted for the other Jeff tallies.
Generating an early scoring chance, Culhane fed Tank in front, but Conn. College junior goalkeeper Becca Napolitano ’14 made a pad save on a high shot to keep Amherst off the board. Moments later, Zsitvay carried it up the left side before slotting a pass to Culhane, but the first-year sent the ensuing shot wide.
Continuing to apply pressure, the Jeffs broke through in the ninth minute. On its second consecutive penalty corner, Paolano put a try on target. With Napolitano unable to control the rebound, Zsitvay collected it on the right side before ripping a hard shot inside the far post at 8:33. Less than two minutes later, Tank converted another rebound in front to put Amherst up 2-0.
With just over 24 minutes remaining in the first half, the Jeffs nearly extended their lead, but Camel sophomore Carly Ozarowski made a defensive save on a Zsitvay shot earmarked for the near post. Earning a penalty corner at the end of the period, Amherst found its elusive third score as Paolano slipped another rebound off a Zsitvay shot into the right side of the cage.
Picking up where they left off, the Jeffs won a corner in the first minute of the second half. Testing Napolitano with a long shot just inside the circle, Alex Philie ’14 put a try on goal, but the junior netminder made a diving stick save to deny Amherst the marker. Switching fields, the Camels earned a corner of its own minutes later, but the Jeffs cleared the ball without allowing a shot.
Adding to the tally in the 47th minute, Nygren gathered a rebound off a Philie shot from the top of the circle before tucking it inside the left post. The Purple & White tacked on another score in the 62nd minute when Philie dumped a pass to her left toward Zsitvay, who fired a low tracer into the right side of the goal. Culhane rounded out the scoring with her eighth tally of the season at 69:50.
Posting its fifth shutout in seven games, the Amherst defense allowed just one shot, which came in the closing moments of the first half. With the Jeffs holding a decisive 35-1 shot advantage and an 11-1 edge in corners, Napolitano finished with 23 saves.
Amherst returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Smith College.