Colby Holds Off Amherst in Opener, 10-7

Randall Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. - Despite sophomore Priscilla Tyler's four goals, the eighth-ranked Amherst women's lacrosse team opened its 2013 season with a 10-7 loss to NESCAC rival No. 7 Colby on Gooding Field Saturday.

Tied 6-6 midway through the second half, Dana Swaffield '16 broke the deadlock, giving the Mules a lead they would not relinquish. Lindsey McKenna '14 had three goals to lead the Colby attack, while Abby Hooper '16 had a pair of scores. 

Marta Randall '13 added two goals for the Jeffs, while Mia Haughton '16 dished out a pair of assists in her collegiate debut. Amherst finished with a 24-21 shot advantage and a 15-13 edge in ground balls, while the Mules won 11 of 19 draw controls.

Jumping out to a fast start, McKenna netted the visitors' first goal of 2013 off a Katharine Eddy '14 feed at 27:25. Less than four minutes later, Tyler tallied the Jeffs' first goal of the year with an unassisted score at 23:41.

Regaining the lead, the Mules struck again just over a minute later when Abby Hatch '15 found Tess Petesch '13 for a marker inside of the 23-minute mark. Randall tied the game at 19:42, but a free-position Hooper goal followed  by a Kate Pistel '13 score off a McKenna pass just 39 seconds later staked Colby to a two-point margin.

Up 5-3 later in the period, Eddy once again linked up with McKenna, who notched her the second of two consecutive goals just 2:14 apart. With time winding down in the first half, Haugton took the ball behind the net for Amherst before dishing to Tyler in front, who ripped a shot past Colby goalkeeper Michelle Burt '14 with 36 seconds on the clock.

Picking up right where she left off starting the second, Tyler brought Amherst within one just 5:12 into the frame, before finishing a nice wrap-around goal that suddenly pulled the home team even with 18:58 left in regulation. 

Hoping to regain the momentum, Swaffield kicked off the decisive 4-0 Colby run just over three minutes later, rifling a hard shot into the right corner past Katelyn Salerno '16, who relieved starter Christy Forrest '16 in the Amherst net late in the first half. Swaffield then assisted on sophomore Sara Miller's goal at 10:53 before Hooper and Swaffield tacked on a pair of scores in the final two minutes to bolster the Colby margin. Hillary Densen '13 wrapped up the scoring for Amherst with a goal just before the final buzzer.

Amherst will look to regroup when it hosts Bates College on Sunday, Mar. 10 at 1:30 p.m.