HAVERFORD, Pa. – Leading 4-2 at halftime, the No. 7 Amherst College women's lacrosse team used a nine-goal second half to pull away to a 13-3 win over Haverford College on Wednesday afternoon at Swan Field in Haverford, Pa.
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-1 on the season, while Haverford moves to 4-3 overall.
In the opening frame, Haverford pushed across the first tally as Diana Perry netted the game's first goal at the 26:51 mark to give the Fords an early 1-0 lead. Claire Cagnassola '17 answered at the 22:00 mark to knot the game at 1-1 as Coco Kusiak picked up an assist on the play. Molly Lausten put Haverford back in front less than two minutes later, but Cagnassola was there to respond once again for the Purple & White as her equalizer set the score at 2-2 with 16:18 to play in the first half.
Senior tri-captain Meghan Mills then powered in her first of the game after receiving a feed from Mia Haughton '16 to give Amherst a 3-2 edge, before Rachel Passarelli '16 scored to make it 4-2 at the 14:01 mark – a score which it held at intermission. The Purple & White outshot Haverford, 9-6 in the first 30 minutes, and goalie Christy Forrest '16 made three saves in the stanza.
The Fords struck quickly to start the second half, as Sarina Manetta fired in her seventh marker of the 2015 season just 43 seconds into the stanza to pull Haverford to within one at 4-3. Mills was quick extend the Amherst lead back to two goals as she scored 45 seconds later to make it 5-3.
With less than 20 minutes remaining in regulation, Sarah Spector '15 found Haughton who scored with 19:38 to play, and then found Mills 50 seconds later to extend the lead to 7-3. Haughton then chipped in another assist, this time on a score by Cagnassola, to make it 8-3 with 17:46 to play in the contest.
From there, Amherst continued to exert pressure on the Fords' defensive third of the field as Passarelli issued a nice pass to Haughton who scored her second of the game at the 14:05 mark, before Mills registered her fourth strike of the contest to make it 10-3 with 11:54 remaining in the contest. Priscilla Tyler '15 and Passarelli added goals at the 11:09 and 8:59 marks to set the score at 12-3, before Julia Crerend '18 collected her first collegiate goal with four seconds to play to set the final score at 13-3. Mary Grace Cronin '18 registered her first collegiate assist on the play.
Kyra Gardner '18 entered between the pipes with 11:54 on the clock and made a save to help seal the win. Forrest finished with six saves and improves to 5-1 on the season.
Fords keeper Megan Chenworth suffered the loss and made eight saves for Haverford.
The Purple & White held a 21-10 differential in shots on goal, and won 13 of 18 draws. Mills, Katie Paolano '16 and Rwoena Schenck '18 each picked up a pair of groundballs, while Mills and Paolano each caused a pair of opponent turnovers.
Manetta led all players with three groundball pickups, followed by two each from Perry and Brianna Robbins. Manetta and Robbins added three caused turnovers each in the losing effort for Haverford.
Amherst returns to NESCAC action on Saturday, March 21 when it hosts Hamilton College at 12 p.m. at Pratt Field.