Amherst Dealt 9-7 Loss by 10th-Ranked Colby

AMHERST, MA – The 17th-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team was tied with 10th-ranked Colby College at halftime, 4-4, but the visiting Mules pulled away for a 9-7 win Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field.

First-year Annelies O'Dea (Pittsford, NY) led Amherst (7-4, 3-4 NESCAC) with two goals and two assists, while junior Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) added two scores. Junior goalie Lamia Harik (Rye Brook, NY) turned away five shots on the day. 

Colby (9-2, 5-2 NESCAC) was paced by Kate Pistel and Katharine Eddy, who each tallied two goals. Sarah Warnke made five saves in net for the Mules, who have beaten Amherst on six consecutive occasions. 

Amherst jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after O'Dea and sophomore Marta Randall (Monkton, MD) both took advantage of free-position chances. After a goal from Casey Thomas put the visitors on the board, Anne Geraghty snuck a shot over Harik to tie the game at 2-2. 

Pistel provided the Mules with their first lead of the day, but Amherst bounced back with two goals of its own. After sophomore Wyatt Davis (Concord, MA) beat a defender and ripped a shot past Warnke to make it 3-3, O'Dea fed first-year Alex Philie (East Sandwich, MA), who snapped a quick shot into the back of the net. 

Another goal from Geraghty sent the teams into halftime tied at 4-4. Amherst committed nine turnovers in the half, three of which led directly to Colby goals. 

Colby opened up the second half with four goals in the opening 9:27 to build a comfortable 8-4 lead. A one-timer from Tess Petesch, two scores from Eddy, and another goal from Pistel provided the visitors with the four-goal cushion.

Amherst cut it to 8-5 when Davis fed Horwitz, who buried a quick shot past Warnke, but Colby bounced back with a goal from Katie Griffin. Late goals from Horwitz and O'Dea made it 9-7 with 44.6 seconds remaining, but time soon ran out on the Jeffs' hopes of a comeback. 

Prior to the game Amherst honored seniors Liz Foye (Madison, CT), Gigi Maturo (Ann Arbor, MI), Robyn Lightner (Mountain Lakes, NJ) and Kelley Trapp (Monterey, CA). The class of 2011 holds a record of 39-21, including a 22-5 mark at home. 

Amherst will look to bounce back Tuesday night at 7 p.m. when Skidmore visits Gooding Field. Colby's next matchup is slated for Thursday at 4:30 against the University of New England.