Amherst Tops Bates to Stay Unbeaten in NESCAC Play

LEWISTON, ME - In a well-played and close NESCAC women's lacrosse game Saturday at Campus Avenue Field, the Amherst College Lord Jeffs came away with a 10-7 victory over the host Bates College Bobcats.

Sophomore Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, Mass.) scored four goals and added an assist for Amherst (3-1, 2-0 NESCAC), which is ranked No. 3 in the latest IWLCA Division III poll. Senior Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, N.J.) scored once and notched four assists, while Sophomore Amy Craig (Denver,
Colo.) added a pair of goals.

Bates first-year Morgan Maciewicz  and sophomore Caroline Thomas each scored twice for the Bobcats (4-2, 0-1 NESCAC), while first-year Avery Masters  had two assists to go with one goal. Additionally, Bates junior Molly Wagner scored her 100th career goal in the game.

Both goalies played stellar games as Bates outshot Amherst 29-28, with Amherst junior Linda McEvoy (Rochester, N.Y.) making 14 saves to Bates junior Katie Nickerson's 11 stops.

Amherst jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of Noonan goals, but Bates had the game tied at 2 by the 18:42 mark of the half. Molly Dilworth deftly converted a Masters pass from behind the extended goal line, and Wagner scored her 100th career goal two minutes later by sneaking a shot into the near lower corner of the goal while stumbling away from the goal.

Bates took the lead at 3-2 with 10:51 to play in the half as Masters fed Maciewicz. Briody and Amherst senior Lauren Dudley (Baltimore, Md.) scored back-to-back goals to put the Jeffs back on top, but Maciewicz tied the game at 4 with a brilliant finish of an entry pass by Rachel Greenwood.

Amherst senior Dana Kuper (Denver, Colo.) tallied a goal with only 13 seconds left in the half, giving the Jeffs a 5-4 halftime advantage and beginning a four-goal Amherst run that put the Jeffs in the lead for good.

Thomas kept the game close with a pair of strong individual scoring plays driving left to right, but Amherst's tough defense kept Bates in check for a 10-6 lead until Masters scored an unassisted goal with 42 seconds left.

Amherst will play at host Springfield on Thursday at 7 p.m. before facing Conn. College next Saturday at noon.