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AMHERST, Mass. - Priscilla Tyler '15 netted the game winner with 3:42 left in regulation, while Hillary Densen '13 collected three goals and three assists to lead the eighth-ranked Amherst women's lacrosse team to a 9-8 comeback win over Bates College.
Trailing 8-6 midway through the second half, the Jeffs rattled off three unanswered goals over a span of 8:14 to pull out the victory. Improving to 3-2 against the Bobcats over the last five meetings and 11-2 since 2001, Amherst picked up its first win of 2013, while Bates fell to 0-3 (0-2 NESCAC).
Notching four scores in a loss to Colby on Saturday, Tyler once again paved the way for the Amherst attack, netting four more scores. Mia Haughton '16 added a goal and two assists, while Marta Randall '13 had a goal and a helper.
Emma Getsinger '15 paced Bates with three goals, while Wally Pierce '14 had a pair of tallies. Kathy Yannopoulos '15 finished with a goal and two assists, while Bridget Meedzan '14 and Emma Brinkman '16 accounted for the Bobcats' other two scores.
Wasting no time getting on the board, Haughton linked up with Randall for the game's first tally just 37 seconds after the opening draw. Dodging a couple of defenders, Getsinger pulled Bates even just 1:16 later, ripping a hard shot past first-year goalkeeper Katelyn Salerno. Finding a cutter in front of net, Yannopoulos fed Pierce, who slotted a try into the right side of goal at 21:09 to put the Bobcats on top.
Looking to help Amherst regain the momentum, Densen had a hand in the next three markers. Passing up a free-position shot inside of the 20-minute mark, the senior dished it to Tyler on the left side of the cage to tie things up. Cradling it behind the net just over seven minutes later, Densen found a charging Haughton for her first collegiate goal. The tri-captain then capped off the stretch by finding space on the left side at 8:33 before curling toward net and rifling a goal past Hannah Jeffrey '16.
Battling back, Yannopoulos again found Pierce with a pass to the front of the net before Densen notched her third assist of the afternoon on Tyler's sixth of the season. With just 11 seconds remaining in the half, Alex Briody '16 dished to Getsinger, who made a hard run toward the cage, pulling the visitors within one at 5-4.
Amherst struck first early in the second when Randall backed off a free-position and instead fed Densen, but a Meedzan man-down goal at 23:39 kicked-off a 4-0 Bobcat run. Eluding a defender while moving to her left, Getsinger tied it at 6-6 before Yannopoulos came through with a wraparound score to pull Bates ahead. Brinkman closed out the stretch with a free-position goal at 14:57 that gave Bates a two-goal margin.
Kick-starting the Jeff rally, Tyler took advantage of a Bates penalty with a man-up score at 11:56 before Densen knotted it at 8-8 with a free-position goal. With time winding down in regulation, Tyler found herself with the ball on the left side. Making a move toward the middle of the field, the sophomore snapped a low shot past Jeffrey to complete the comeback.
Amherst finished with a 23-17 shot advantage and a 14-11 edge in ground balls. Salerno and Christy Forrest '16, who played the final 14:57, combined to make eight saves, while Jeffrey had seven stops.
The Lord Jeffs return to action on Saturday, Mar. 16 at Bowdoin.