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Amherst 3, Connecticut College 0 Pianucci Stops Four Shots in First Collegiate Start for Camels

Amherst 3, Connecticut College 0 Pianucci Stops Four Shots in First Collegiate Start for Camels

AMHERST, Mass. – Senior tri-captain Annika Nygren scored twice to lead the 12th-ranked Amherst College field hockey team to a 3-0 shutout victory over NESCAC foe Connecticut College Wednesday evening.


Amherst (6-3, 2-3 NESCAC)
Connecticut College (1-9, 0-7 NESCAC)


  • Both the Camels and the Purple & White recorded six shots in the opening half of game that saw both sides have notable offensive opportunities, however Amherst would outshoot the visitors 14-11 and secure a 3-0 victory by game's end.   
  • Sara Culhane '17 notched her team-leading eighth goal of the season 5:47 into play to give Amherst the 1-0 lead. After a shot by Caroline Feeley '18 led to a skirmish in front of the net, Culhane found the loose ball near the right end line and snuck the ball past the Camel netminder short side.  
  • Connecticut College nearly evened the score at the 22:20 mark, with goalkeeper Emily Horwitz '17 being forced to come out to nearly the top of the circle to thwart the effort of Jamie Navoni who had gotten behind the Amherst defense.
  • Nygren doubled the lead with 17:28 on the clock. After a corner insertion pass found the stick of Katie Paolano '16 on the right side of the net, Paolano moved the ball across the circle to Nygren who was able to tap the ball into the back of the net.
  • Horwitz made six saves in the first half, including three noteworthy saves in 1v0 situations to preserve the Amherst shutout heading into intermission.
  • Scoring her second goal of the game just over ten minutes into the second period, Nygren corralled the cross-circle pass from Culhane and rifled the shot into an open net.
  • The Purple & White held a narrow edge in penalty corners, 6-5.
  • Horwitz made eight saves between the pipes en route to her fifth shutout victory of the season, while Nygren and Culhane accounted for six of Amherst's ten shots on goal in the outing.
  • Lauren Pianucci registered four saves for the Camels in 46:06 of action, while Ryley van der Velde recorded two saves in a relief effort. Jamie Navoni led Connecticut College in shots, putting all three on goal.

Camel Tracks Not Including Wednesday's Game:

Lauren Pianucci  made six saves in one half of action against Trinity College Tuesday, surrendering just one goal to the Bantams. She logged the closing 25:39 of action in a loss at Williams Saturday, allowing one goal for the Camels. Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.) scored her fourth goal of the season at Williams Saturday and has accounted for a team best 11 points with her four goals and three assists.Junior Ryley van der Velde (Louisville, Ky.) has made 45 saves and is seventh in the NESCAC with 5.67 saves per game. Sophomore Jacqueline Murphy (Danvers, Mass.) is ranked 26th nationally with four defensive saves.