AMHERST, MA – The top-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team started its spring season this afternoon with an impressive 10-5 win over visiting NESCAC rival Wesleyan University at Garber Field on the campus of UMass-Amherst. The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead early, but the Lord Jeffs would regain composure and put away their first win of the year.
Wesleyan sophomore Laurel Sticklor gave Amherst a scare when she netted the first two goals of the game in the first nine minutes of play. The Jeffs' first goal did not come until the 21:08 mark, when senior Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, NJ) found classmate Lauren Dudley (Baltimore, MD) in front of the net. The Cardinals responded quickly, as junior Sophia Kim found the back of the net less than two minutes later.
Amherst sophomore Amy Craig (Denver, CO) scored the next two goals of the game, the first at 26:16 and the second at 28:17, but Kim put the Cardinals ahead once again when she scored with just 10 seconds remaining before halftime.
Sophomore Sarah Orkin gave Wesleyan a 5-3 lead less than three minutes into the second stanza, but Amherst began its offensive onslaught less than one minute later. Over a three-minute stretch, senior Rachel Lewis (Denver, CO), sophomore Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, MA) and Dudley each netted goals, with Noonan picking up the assist on the first and Briody assisting on the latter two.
Briody gave Amherst a 7-5 lead at the 10:05 mark, while junior Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, NY) got involved in the scoring when she snuck a shot past Wesleyan's Rachel Stemerman seven minutes later. Noonan and Craig each tallied one more goal, as the Jeffs stormed ahead for the 10-5 season-opening win.
Stemerman finished the way with 11 saves for the Cardinals, while Amherst's Linda McEvoy (Rochester, NY) stopped eight shots for the Jeffs. Craig led all scorers with three goals, while Briody picked up four assists to go along with her lone goal.
Amherst returns to action Monday, Mar. 19 for a match-up with Salisbury University. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at Colorado College.