AMHERST, MA – The seventh-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team earned their third win of the season on Thursday, smoking non-conference rival Springfield College (3-3), 12-4. Amherst attackers junior Dana Kuper (Denver, CO) and sophomore Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, NY) each notched a trio of goals and an assist, while junior defender Rachel Lewis (Denver, CO) picked up a game-high six ground balls and added a pair of caused turnovers.
The Jeffs controlled the game from the start as senior Scotty Hanley (Sparks, MD) burst out of the gates, grabbing the opening draw and netting her third goal of the season just over six minutes in. Pride junior Rachel Lampros (Boxborough, MA) got the visitors on the board around the 21-minute mark, but Hoeg silenced the Springfield celebration, snatching the ensuing draw and scoring her first unassisted goal of the day. Kuper notched her hatrick over an eight-minute span, while Hoeg and juniors Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, NJ) and Liz Wise (Scarsdale, NY) also tallied scores to get Amherst out to a wide 8-1 advantage at the break. Junior Maggie Roth (Berwyn, PA) was instrumental in keeping the Pride scoreless for 22 minutes, snatching three ground balls in the first period, while sophomore netminder Linda McEvoy (Rochester, NY) posted three first-half saves.
Lampros tried to spark the Springfield flame at the start of the second stanza, dishing one out to rookie Heather Dobson (Longmeadown, MA) to narrow the Amherst lead to six, 8-2. The ball spent much of the next 11 minutes in the midfield, as neither team could get its offense going. Springfield managed three shots in the span, but McEvoy came up big, notching two more saves. Wise finally quenched the scoring drought at 18:04 off a feed from Hoeg, but Amherst couldn't put another on the board until 7:57 when junior Lauren Dudley (Baltimore, MD) notched a free-position goal and the Jeffs went ahead 10-2. Senior Margaret Chute (Pawtucket, RI) was a huge defensive presence during the scoring interlude, scooping three ground balls and adding a trio of caused turnovers. Lampros notched goals at 6:57 and 4:52, but Hoeg and Hanley responded with scores of their own, and sophomore goalie Kathleen Boucher (Washington, DC) posted a pair of saves, to keep the gap wide up to the final whistle.
Amherst returns to action in their NESCAC opener on Saturday at Bowdoin College.