Balanced Attack Powers Jeffs Past Skidmore

Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. – Eight different Jeffs scored as the 12th-ranked Amherst women's lacrosse team cruised to a 17-5 victory over Skidmore College on Gooding Field.

Notching their sixth consecutive victory over the Thoroughbreds, the Jeffs improved to 8-4 on the season. Priscilla Tyler '15 and Meghan Mills '15 paced the Amherst attack with three goals apiece, while Alex Philie '14, Elizabeth Ludlow '14, Hillary Densen '13, Marta Randall '13 and Krista Zsitvay '14 each had a pair of scores. 

Lexi Melville '13 led Skidmore with two goals, while Spencer Morgan '15 Emma Harris '16 and Maggie Murphy '16 each chipped in with a tally. 

Controlling the opening draw, Amherst wasted little time getting on the board with Ludlow finding the back of the net just 12 seconds after the opening whistle. Tracking down a Randall rebound, Densen fed Zsitvay for the Jeffs second score before Philie made it 3-0 just 58 seconds later.

Randall extended the margin to four, netting her 22nd goal of the season at the 17:58 mark. Finishing off a long run up the right side, Harris netted the Thoroughbreds' first goal. Popping up behind the left post, Tyler recorded her team-high 25th of the season with a wraparound goal inside of 13 minutes. Tyler then assisted on Philie's score at 11:06 before Robin Fetterolf '14 found Morgan cutting to the front of the cage to trim the deficit to 6-2.

Caroline Holliday '14 responded by bouncing a shot past sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Witheford at 7:34 before Ludlow rifled a hard shot into the upper left corner just 32 seconds later. Looking for more, Philie dumped a pass to Mills just above the crease. Quickly turning to goal, the sophomore sneaked a low shot inside the left post to stretch the lead to seven.

Zsitvay kept Amherst rolling with her second of the night with 5:38 to go in the first half. Finding space in the middle of the field, Anna Gubbins '15 found Melville to the left of goal. One-on-one with first-year goalkeeper Katelyn Salerno, Melville tucked a try into the lower right corner to end the Jeffs' string of four consecutive scores. 

Up 11-3 at the intermission, Densen opened the second half scoring with a tally at 24:19. A Mills goal less than five minutes later made it a 10-goal game. Murphy cut into the lead with a score just under the 15-minute mark before Melville inched Skidmore closer with a goal just 10 seconds after the restart. Tyler ended the visitors' spurt with a marker off a Philie assist at 12:26 before Mills, Densen and Randall capped off the scoring with three goals in the final six minutes. 

Amherst finished with a decisive 37-17 shot advantage and a 16-9 edge in ground balls. Salerno made three saves in 30 minutes, while Christy Forrest '16 recorded five stops in the second half. Witheford posted eight saves in the loss.

The Lord Jeffs host archrival Williams on Saturday, Apr. 20.