Jeffs Outlast Trinity to Remain Unbeaten in NESCAC Play

AMHERST, MA – The sixth-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team moved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the NESCAC with a 14-12 win over ninth-ranked Trinity College. Senior quad-captain Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, NJ) led the Amherst attack by tallying three goals and assisting on five others, moving her season point total to a team-high 33.

The Bantams gained control of the opening draw and held a 1-0 advantage after just 15 seconds of game time when senior co-captain Lauren Malinowski netted an unassisted goal. Junior C.J. Yanofsky made it a 2-0 advantage less than two minutes later, putting the Lord Jeffs in an early hole.

Amherst had the game tied at 2-2 two minutes later when just 14 seconds separated goals from senior quad-captain Lauren Dudley (Baltimore, MD) and sophomore Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, MA), with Briody picking up the assist on Dudley's goal.

The next three Amherst goals were scored by sophomore Amy Craig (Denver, CO) and assisted by Briody, with sophomore Alison Holmes sandwiching a Trinity goal in between, as Amherst held a 5-3 lead midway through the half. Noonan added her second tally to give the Jeffs a three-goal lead, but Trinity rattled off three unanswered goals – one by Holmes and a pair from sophomore Carrie Disa – to tie the game at 6-6 with 8:50 to play in the half.

Disa's second goal was followed by the longest scoring drought of the first half, which was ended by a Briody unassisted goal that gave Amherst a 7-6 advantage with 3:34 on the clock.

Noonan assisted junior Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, NY) to kick off the scoring in the second half, but first-year Jennifer Calver cut the Bantams' deficit back to one goal when she converted on a free-position opportunity. Scoring was much more spread out to start the second half, as only two goals were scored in the opening 10 minutes of the second frame compared to five goals in that span of the first.

Dudley brought the Jeffs' lead back to two goals by finishing a pass from Noonan, but Trinity responded once again just 41 seconds later. Craig forced a turnover and found a streaking Hoeg, who converted on her second goal of the half to give Amherst a 10-8 lead, which was followed by Hoeg's third goal of the half exactly one minute later.

The Jeffs took their largest lead of the game when Briody sent in a pass from behind the net and found Noonan who used a very quick catch-and-release as she was knocked down, as the ball made its way to the back of the net to give Amherst a 12-8 lead with 15:09 to play, forcing Trinity to call a timeout.

Amherst was able to take the next draw control and work a patient offense, preventing the Bantams from scoring for the next five-and-a-half minutes of play before Malinowski netted an unassisted goal to cut the deficit to three goals. It only took Briody 48 seconds to retaliate with her second goal of the game, putting the Jeffs back up by four with 8:51 remaining.

The Bantams tacked on three more goals to close out the game, including one with only five seconds on the clock, but not before Briody could streak in untouched for her third goal of the afternoon, as Amherst hung on for the 14-12 victory.

Briody finished with three goals and five assists to lead Amherst, while Noonan added three goals and a pair of assists. Craig continued her offensive onslaught after being named last week's NESCAC Player of the Week, chalking up a trio of goals and an assist, while Hoeg netted a season-high three goals.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Saturday for a home match-up with Middlebury College at 1 p.m.