AMHERST, MA – The sixth-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team faced fellow national powerhouse and NESCAC rival Middlebury College this afternoon at Hitchcock Field in Amherst, falling by a score of 11-3. The loss marks the second straight year in which the fourth-ranked Panthers have defeated Amherst by an 11-3 margin.
Middlebury jumped out of the gate on a cold and clear afternoon in Amherst, scoring two quick goals in just over six minutes of play in the first half. Amherst responded with its first tally of the game from leading scorer sophomore Amy Craig (Denver, CO) on a free position score.
From the 2-1 score on, the Panthers would take over, scoring five unanswered goals to close out the first frame, and another pair to open the second half, exploding to a 9-1 lead. Pushing the Panther attack was Dana Heritage who racked up four goals and an assist on the day.
Amherst points-leader Alyssa Briody (Denver, CO) was held to just a single assist in the game, while Craig scored a pair of goals and picked up an assist.
Over the last 15 minutes of play, Amherst played tough, refusing to give up in front of a great crowd, matching Middlebury goal for goal. The impressive late-game play proved to be too little, too late for the Lord Jeffs, who drop their first NESCAC game of the year, and just their second overall.
Amherst falls to 6-2 on the season and 4-1 in conference play, and will take a few days off before returning to action on Thursday, April 12, when the Jeffs play host to Babson College at 4:30 p.m.