Courtesy of Wesleyan University
MIDDLETOWN, CT – First-year Annelies O'Dea (Pittsford, NY) netted three goals and added three assists as one of three Lord Jeff players with a hat trick on the day, as the Amherst College women's lacrosse team earned a 13-6 win at Wesleyan University.
Joining O'Dea with a three-goal effort were junior Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) and first-year Elizabeth Ludlow (Huntington, NY). In the Amherst net, junior Lamia Harik (Rye Brook, NY) posted six saves to up her seasonal record to 4-2. Wesleyan goalie Maggie Drowica had five stops, as Amherst enjoyed a 26-14 edge in total shots.
With the score tied at 1-1 6:07 into the game, sophomore Hillary Densen (Summit, NJ) put home a high shot on a good feed to the middle by senior Kelley Trapp (Monterey, CA) to put the Lord Jeffs ahead for good, 2-1, at the 20:43 mark. Amherst took a 6-1 lead with 6:52 left in the first half and Wesleyan got no closer than three goals the rest of the way. Densen and O'Dea both had two goals during the decisive run that gave the Jeffs a 7-3 halftime edge.
Wesleyan got the opening goal of the second half on a low shot from the right side by sophomore Lydia Kring, but O'Dea and Ludlow got the next two goals to make it 9-4 with 17:40 to play. Cardinal junior Liz Chabot cut the gap to 9-5 at 16:59, but Amherst picked up four of the last five goals, two of which came from Horwitz.
Wesleyan had six individual goal scorers in the game, as sophomores Kaylin Berger and Kayla Ellman each had a tally to remain tied at the top of the Cardinals' list with 27 on the season. Berger and Kring both had a goal and an assist to pace Wesleyan.
Amherst (9-4, 4-4 NESCAC) captured an outright Little Three title for the first time since 2008. Earlier this year, the Jeffs defeated Williams, 9-4, to dethrone the defending Little Three champion.
Amherst closes out the regular season at Trinity next Friday against the unbeaten and third-ranked Bantams. Currently sixth in the NESCAC standings, Amherst is chasing Middlebury and Tufts, which are both 5-3 in conference play.