Eighth-Ranked Jeffs Win Seventh Straight, Slide by Bates, 9-8


LEWISTON, ME – The eighth-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team earned its seventh straight victory on Sunday afternoon, slipping past NESCAC host Bates College, 9-8. Amherst sophomore Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, NY) notched a free-position score with 2:37 left in regulation for the game-winner as the Jeffs improved to 10-1 overall and 6-1 in conference play.

The first half saw five ties and four lead changes as play went back and forth between the two squads. Shannon Tully put the Bobcats on top just under three minutes into play with a free-position goal, but junior Liz Wise (Scarsdale, NY) and rookie Mary Noonan (W. Roxbury, MA) answered for the Jeffs, converting feeds from senior tri-captain Scotty Hanley (Baltimore, MD) and junior Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, NJ), respectively.

Bates bounced back as Molly Wagner fed Julie Berman, and then found the net unassisted to give the Bobcats a 3-2 edge. Amherst got back-to-back scores from rookie Amy Craig (Denver, CO) and Hoeg, followed by consecutive Bates goals from Katherine Farmer and Tully, and it appeared the Bobcats would carry a 5-4 lead into the locker room. However, Hoeg dished to Craig with just 16 seconds left in the half to make it 5-5 at the break.

The Jeffs established a solid lead in the opening minutes of the second frame with free-position tallies from Briody and Noonan. Bates continually tried to reknot the count, but each goal was answered by the Jeffs until Tully deadlocked the count at 8-8 with just under 19 minutes left to play. The game remained tied until Hoeg's game-winner, as the Jeff defense held Bates without a goal for the final 18:55.

Sophomore Linda McEvoy (Rochester, NY) anchored the Amherst defense, collecting seven saves in the win. Noonan finished with a trio of goals to pace the Jeff offense, while Hoeg added two goals and an assists and Craig notched a paif of scores. Briody capped an outstanding week with a goal and an assist, Wise had one goal and Hanley added a helper.

Tully headed the Bates lineup with three goals, while Wagner and Farmer each had a goal and two assists. Katie Nickerson had seven saves as the Bobcats fell to 5-6 overall and 1-6 in NESCAC play.

Amherst returns to action Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. against visiting 13th-ranked Tufts University.