MIDDLEBURY, VT – The sixth-seeded Amherst College women's lacrosse team faced the fourth-seeded White Mules from Colby College this afternoon at host Middlebury in the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament. Amherst led as late as the middle of the second half, but eventually fell 10-8.
Amherst scored its first goal of the day at the 15:39 mark when sophomore Amy Craig (Denver, CO) converted on a free position shot opportunity. Junior Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, NY) scored a trio of first-half goals to single handedly keep Amherst ahead in the opening frame.
Coming out of halftime, Amherst held a 5-4 lead over the Mules, but would be unable to extend the lead to more than a single score.
The two teams went neck-and-neck over the first portion of the second half, with Amherst repeatedly taking a one goal lead, only to have Colby respond with the equalizer.
Colby scored on an FPS to tie the game at 7-7 for the final time. The Mules would take the lead away from Amherst, and push their lead as high as 10-7 over a five minute span. As Colby used long passes across the defensive third, Amherst was forced to press for a turnover.
Amherst was able to create one final scoring opportunity to cut the lead to 10-8, but would get no further as Colby killed off the last few minutes of the game. The result pushed the Mules into the NESCAC Championship for the first time in school history, while Amherst came up short in the semifinals for the second straight season.
Briody and Craig led the Amherst attack once again this afternoon, with Briody dishing out a pair of assists, while Craig netted four more goals to bring her season total to 53. Hoeg also played strong with her three first half scores, and has emerged as a serious contributor for the Amherst attack.
Colby improves to 12-4 on the season and will face Middlebury tomorrow with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line. The Lord Jeffs drop to 9-7, and will have to hope for an at-large bid to qualify. Selections will be made by the NCAA tomorrow night at 9 p.m., with coverage on CSTV and at www.ncaasports.com.