Amherst Comes Up Short at Conn. College, 10-8

Courtesy of Conn. College Sports Information

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Taylor Thomas had three goals, one assist and two draw controls to lead the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team to a 10-8 victory against 10th-ranked Amherst College in NESCAC women's lacrosse action Wednesday night. 

Hillary Densen '13 scored twice to lead the visitors while Mia Haughton '16 registered a goal and an assist for Amherst (6-4, 3-4 NESCAC), but it would not be enough as the Camels improved their record to 4-7 and picked up their first NESCAC win at 1-6.

Senior Bri Miller chipped in with two goals and three ground balls while Caroline Moore had a goal and an assist for the winning side. Junior Caitlin Cataldo had four ground balls and seven saves in the triumph.

Meghan Mills '15 added a goal, two draw controls, three ground balls and four caused turnovers in the setback for Amherst while Christy Forrest '16 made eight saves in net.

Marta Randall '13 put the visitors on top 1-0 with 18:20 remaining in the opening half. But the Camels responded with a 4-0 run to take control of the contest in the first stanza. 

Heidi Halsted and Lowell Abbott buried free position goals to start the flurry. Then, with 6:11 remaining, Thomas weaved her way through the Amherst defense for another Camel goal. Charlotte McAuley closed out the first half run when she scored on a feed from Izzy Marx. Caroline Holliday '15 countered for Amherst with a free position goal at the 1:39 mark to make it a 4-2 game at the break.

The Camels continued to pressure Amherst in the second stanza, netting three of the first goals. When Miller scored with 20:16 remaining, the hosts enjoyed an 8-3 advantage. Amherst got one back to make it an 8-4 game and then play was delayed with 16:10 left due to inclement weather. 

When play resumed, the Camels cashed in on two more free positions coming off the stick of Thomas and Miller to build a 10-5 advantage with 13:05 remaining.

Densen tried to rally the Jeffs with a pair of scoring strikes but it was not enough and the Camels celebrated with their first NESCAC win.

Amherst held a 26-to-19 advantage in shots but the Camels finished with a slim 15-to-14 edge in ground balls.

The Jeffs stay on the road this weekend, heading to Tufts on Saturday for a 12 p.m. contest.