Lord Jeffs Upset 8th-Ranked Middlebury, 14-11

Courtesy of Middlebury College

MIDDLEBURY, VT – Amherst College scored three of the game's last four goals on its way to a 14-11 win at eighth-ranked Middlebury College Wednesday afternoon in NESCAC women's lacrosse action. The 17th-ranked Lord Jeffs (7-3, 3-3 NESCAC) bump their win streak to three games, while the Panthers (7-3, 4-2) fall for the third time in their last four outings.

Amherst led 1-0 before the Panthers netted three straight in a three-minute span to take a 3-1 lead at the 20:12 mark. The Jeffs returned the favor with three consecutive tallies, taking their first lead of the game on a free-position shot from Annelies O'Dea (Pittsford, NY) with 6:34 left in the half. 

Sally Ryan scored cutting to the net and Chase Delano followed with a goal on a restart to give Middlebury a 5-4 advantage with just 2:25 remaining. Amherst answered late when Hillary Densen (Summit, NJ) scored with just two ticks remaining to knot the game at 5-5 heading into the intermission. Both teams had just three saves at the break, with Lamia Harik (Rye Brook, NY) coming on in relief of MC McClellan (Denver, CO) for the Jeffs 12:42 into the contest.

Middlebury extended its lead to 7-5 early in the second half with a pair of goals from Michaela Colbert, prompting an Amherst timeout. The Jeffs answered by running off four straight over a 3:23 span to take a 9-7 lead with 23:26 remaining. Marta Randall (Monkton, MD) scored twice during the spurt, including once on a free-position tally.

The teams exchanged the next six goals, as Amherst held a 12-10 lead with 12:32 left to play after Randall's fifth of the game. Ellen Halle cut to the goal and scored with a high shot to the corner for Middlebury at the 11:19 mark, bringing the Panthers within one at 12-11. Randall scored her game-high sixth of the contest with 5:49 remaining, as the Jeffs were able to run out the clock and add an insurance goal from Kelley Trapp (Monterey, CA) with 39 ticks left.

Randall's game-high six goals were aided by three from O'Dea and two each from Densen and Trapp. Harik finished the game with seven saves to pick up the win.

Colbert paced the Panthers with three goals, followed by Chase Delano and Lucy Jackson with two apiece. Colbert added six draw controls and Elizabeth Garry earned five as the Panthers held a 19-7 lead in the category. Hanna Deoul caused a game-high four turnovers in the contest. Lily Nguyen finished with four saves in 48:30, while Alyssa Palomba saw 11:30 of action.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action this Saturday when they host Colby College at noon.