Horwitz Scores Four Goals in 9-4 Win Over No. 16 Williams

AMHERST, MA – Junior Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) scored four goals to lead the 18th-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team to a 9-4 win over 16th-ranked Williams College this afternoon at Gooding Field. 

The Amherst defensive unit and first-year goalie MC McClellan (Denver, CO) were dominant, holding the Ephs scoreless for a span of 43:01 and limiting them to only eight shots on the day.

Marta Randall '12 (Monkton, MD) added two goals for Amherst (6-3, 2-3 NESCAC), while McClellan turned away four shots in net. The Jeffs maintained possession for the majority of the game, winning 10 of 14 draw controls and holding a 16-8 edge in shots. 

Williams (6-5, 2-4) was paced by Margie Fulton, who recorded a goal and an assist. Senior goalie Julie Schreiber turned away two shots in the loss.

Two quick goals from Horwitz provided the Jeffs with an early 2-0 lead, the first coming off a free-position attempt and the second after beating a defender in open play. Randall took advantage of another free-position opportunity, beating Schreiber with a hard bounce shot to extend the lead to 3-0.

After Anne Marie Burke put the visitors on the board with a quick shot from close range, Katie Pettengill scored off a feed from Fulton to cut the deficit to 3-2. A late first-half shot from Horwitz clanked off the post and the Jeffs headed into halftime with a one-goal advantage. 

Amherst doubled its lead five minutes into the second half when junior Hillary Densen (Summit, NJ) ripped a shot inside the left post. Randall soon made it 5-2 by curling around a defender and sending a low shot past Schreiber.

McClellan came up with the save of the day midway through the second half, denying a point-blank shot from a wide-open Williams attacker. McClellan then sent a long pass out to junior Claire Bennett (Westfield, NJ), who ran past three defenders and fed Elizabeth Ludlow (Huntington, NY). The first-year midfielder snapped a low shot into the bottom of the net to give the Jeffs a 6-2 lead.

Horwitz's third and fourth goals of the day provided Amherst with an 8-2 cushion with 11:10 to play. The Ephs' Emily Whicker cut the deficit to 8-3 five minutes later, but Amherst struck back with a goal from first-year Annelies O'Dea (Pittsford, NY), who outran three defenders and sent a high shot into the back of the net. 

Fulton added a late goal for Williams to make it 9-4, but time soon ran out on the Ephs' comeback hopes. Senior co-captain Liz Foye (Madison, CT) led the Amherst defense with four caused turnovers, while Bennett caused two and picked up three ground balls. 

Amherst will head to Middlebury on Wednesday for a pivotal NESCAC matchup against the Panthers. The Ephs also return to action Wednesday when they travel to Skidmore for a non-league game.