Jeffs Come Up Short Against No. 1 Trinity

Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. – Despite sophomore Meghan Mills' two goals, the 12th-ranked Amherst women's lacrosse team saw its three game win streak come to an end after an 11-6 loss to No. 1 Trinity.

Finishing the regular season with an unblemished 14-0 (9-0 NESCAC) record, the Bantams avenged last season's 7-6 loss to the Jeffs, which snapped the team's 27-game regular season win streak. The Bantams face eighth-seeded Tufts in this weekend's conference championship quarterfinals, while the fifth-seeded Jeffs (9-5, 5-5 NESCAC) square off with fourth-seeded Colby on Saturday, Apr. 27 at 12 p.m.

Racing out to an early lead, Trinity netted three goals in the first 5:15. Hadley Duncan '13 got things started with an unassisted tally just 1:07 after the opening draw before Kaitlin Hildebrand '13 and Molly Cox '15 netted scores 2:14 apart. Caroline Hayes '15 made it 4-0 with a goal at 18:29 before Mia Haughton '16 put Amherst on the board by converting a free-position just over a minute later.

Feeding Mills in front, Alex Philie '14 helped the Jeffs cut the lead in half, but consecutive Hildebrand tallies stretched the margin to 6-2. Closing the first period out strong Mills again beat senior goalkeeper Olivia Whitney '13 with 2:02 on the clock to pull Amherst back within three.

With neither team able to get anything going offensively through the first 12-plus minutes of the second, Haley Thompson '13 dumped a pass into Martha Griffin '16. Quickly spinning away from a defender, the first-year fired a hard shot into the upper right corner to up the Bantam advantage to 7-3. Megan Leonhard '13 extended the margin to five with a free-position goal at 15:37.

Turning to goal with under 10 minutes to play, Elizabeth Ludlow '14 rifled a high shot past Whitney, but Shea Kusiak '14 came right back, weaving through the Amherst defense before notching the Bantams' ninth score with 7:58 on the clock. Winning the ensuing draw control, Krista Zsitvay '14 pushed it upfield before slotting a pass to Philie. Feeding Hillary Densen '13 for a score, Philie helped Amherst inch closer, but Kusiak once again responded, netting another free-position to give Trinity a 10-5 cushion. 

Philie finished with two assists, while Zsitvay, Densen, Ludlow and Haughton each got on the board. Hildebrand turned in a hat-trick to pace the Bantams, while Hayes and Kusiak had two goals each.

Trinity finished with a decisive 25-13 shot advantage, while holding a slim 18-17 edge in ground balls. Whitney made six saves en route to her seventh win, while Forrest made 11 stops, falling to 5-4 on the season. The first-year goalkeeper led the Jeffs with six ground balls, while Haughton caused a pair of turnovers. Leonhard and Lindsay Mullaney '15 each tracked down three ground balls for the Bantams.

2013 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship
Saturday, April 27 at Higher Seeds

Quarterfinal Games
No. 8 Tufts at No. 1 Trinity – 12 p.m.
No. 7 Bates at No. 2 Middlebury – 12 p.m.

No. 6 Hamilton at No. 3 Bowdoin – 12 p.m.
No. 5 Amherst at No. 4 Colby – 12 p.m.

Saturday, May 4 at Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinals – game times at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Highest remaining seed vs. lowest remaining seed
Remaining first round winners

Sunday, May 5
Final – 12 pm

Semifinal winners