MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The 12th-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team used three goals from Julia Crerend '18 and the Purple & White scored seven times in each frame to help seal a 14-8 NESCAC victory over Little Three rival Wesleyan University Wednesday evening at Smith Field in Middletown, Conn.
With the win, Amherst improves to 6-3 overall, 2-3 in conference play, while Wesleyan moves to 4-6 overall and remains winless in the league at 0-5.
The opening frame saw Rachel Passarelli '16 give Amherst a 1-0 edge at the 26:32 mark following a free position shot, before Wesleyan answered just 22 seconds later when Leah Sherman netted an unassisted goal to tie the game at 1-1. The Purple & White then scored six of the next eight goals as tri-captain Meghan Mills '15 fired in a pass from Passarelli at the 16:09 mark to begin Amherst's run. Crerend added the first of her two scores with 14:53 to play in the first half, before a goal by Morgan Moubayed (from Martha Harding) made it 3-2 at the 13:36 mark. Goals by Clarie Cagnassola '17 and Crerend lifted the Purple & White's lead to 5-2, before Liana Mathias notched a Cardinals' marker with 4:05 left in the first half after a feed from Meredith Smith to make it 5-3. Cagnassola and Passarelli then scored to give Amherst a 7-3 cushion at intermission as Crerend and Priscilla Tyler '15 provided the helpers on the final two goals of the period.
With just over 20 minutes remaining in the second half, Tyler and Crerend registered back-to-back strikes to lift the Purple & White's margin to 9-3. Smith scored at the 18:37 mark, but the visitors answered with goals by Devin O'Connor '16 (from Mills) and Coco Kusiak '17 to make it 11-4 with 16:20 left in the second frame. Mathias netted the Cardinals' second goal of the stanza at the 12:22 mark and Rachel Aronow chipped in a goal of her own with 7:01 to play, but Mills, Tyler and Mary Grace Cronin '18 each scorched the nylon to set the score at 14-6 with just 1:50 left in regulation. Becca Phillips and Aronow closed out the scoring for Wesleyan as each scored on a free position shot in the final 50 seconds of play to set the final score at 14-8.
Christy Forrest '16 earned the win with a five-save effort and led all players with four groundball pickups. Tri-captain Heath Cockrell '15 added three pickups and caused four turnovers, while Mills notched three draw controls.
Wesleyan net-minder Nina Labovich made seven saves in the losing effort, while Smith led the Cardinals with three groundballs. Phillips added five draw controls and Katie Binswanger forced a pair of turnovers.
Amherst returns to NESCAC and Little Three action Friday, April 3 when it hosts Williams College at 6 p.m. at Pratt Field.