Randall's Big Day Leads Jeffs Past Elizabethtown, 18-8

Courtesy of Elizabethtown Sports Information

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Senior attacker Marta Randall converted every shot she took, scoring seven goals as the No. 12 Amherst College women's lacrosse team held host Elizabethtown College to its lowest goal total of the season in an 18-8 triumph Thursday afternoon at Wolf Field.

Elizabeth Ludlow '14 added three goals for Amherst (3-2) while Priscilla Tyler '15 and Sarah Spector '15 each scored twice. It was Elizabethtown (3-3) that set the tone early, however, as Michele Grosso notched her tenth goal of the season off a pass from Becky Porter at the 27:13 mark of the first half.

The Jeffs didn't waste any time as Randall put the visitors on the board with her first of the game just 21 seconds after Grosso's tally. Ludlow, Alex Philie '14 and Randall scored the next three goals to jump Amherst to a 4-1 lead.

Leigh Anne Flounlacker continued her scoring streak for the Blue Jays, recording her eighth goal of the year to cut the lead to 4-2. With 16:31 to go in the half, the sophomore attacker used a Porter assist for her second of the game, making it 4-3.

That's as close as the Jays would get for the remainder of contest, as the Jeffs outscored E-town 7-1 in the rest of the first half to take a commanding 11-4 lead into the intermission, with Randall, Tyler and Ludlow each striking twice over the run and Meghan Mills '15 also tallying.

Shelby Bruno came in to play the second half for the Blue Jays, relieving starting goalie Rachael Waldman, who had one save in the first 30 minutes. Bruno recorded seven saves in the second half. Amherst also switched netminders, with Christy Forrest '16 coming on to make five saves in the second half in relief of Katelyn Salerno '16.

Randall scored three straight to open the second half, while Hilary Densen '13 and Spector scored the next three for the Jeffs before Devin O'Connor '16 capped the night with her first collegiate strike.

Draw controls were heavily in favor of Amherst, who kept the pressure on the Jays' defense for much of the game. Amherst had 20 draw controls to E-town's six.

Philie led the defensive effort with five groundballs and 10 draw controls for Amherst. E-town finished the game with three fewer turnovers (17).

The Jeffs will take nearly a week off before returning to action at home on Wednesday, Mar. 27 when they host Springfield College at 7:15 p.m.