Strong Second Half Drives Women’s Lacrosse Past No. 16 Williams, 17-11

Strong Second Half Drives Women’s Lacrosse Past No. 16 Williams, 17-11

AMHERST, Mass. – The 12th-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team used five-goal efforts from Rachel Passarelli '16 and Clarie Cagnassola '17, and the Purple & White scored 10 goals in the second half to help fuel a 17-11 victory over NESCAC and Little Three rival No. 16 Williams College on Friday evening at Pratt Field.

With the win, Amherst improves to 7-3 overall, 3-3 in NESCAC play, while Williams moves to 5-4 on the season, 2-4 in league action. With its win over Williams, Amherst has now won six straight over the Ephs dating back to April 10, 2010 when Williams notched a 9-8 victory.

In a back-and-forth first half that featured seven goals scored by each team, Julia Crerend '18 put Amherst ahead, 1-0 early in the contest, before Passarelli netted her first goal off a feed from Cagnassola to double the advantage at the 27:10 mark.

Williams answered with a string of five straight goals as Natalie Gill scored twice, while Becca Bell, Bridget Malicki, and Nancy Palmer each found the back of the net during the stretch to make it 5-2 in favor of the Ephs. Maeve Mulholland assisted Gill's first score, while Anne Rehfuss added a helper on Palmer's marker.

At the 14:40 mark, Cagnassola kick-started a run of five straight goals for the Purple & White, as tri-captain Meghan Mills '15, Passarelli and Sarah Spector '15 each provided scoring strikes, while Cagnassola added another during that time to give Amherst a 7-5 edge with 6:09 to play in the half.

The Ephs had the final say in the stanza as Malicki scored at the 4:05 mark and then dished out an assist to Bell with 3:23 to play to set the score at 7-7 after 30 minutes of action.

The start of the second half saw more back and forth action as Hillary Cook scored a man-up goal just 29 seconds into the frame to give Williams an 8-7 lead. Mills answered with a free position shot and Passarelli scored her third of the game to give the Purple & White a 9-8 lead. Malicki's marker at the 23:28 mark knotted the game once more at 9-9, before Passarelli and Gill exchanged scoring plays to make it 10-10 with 19:45 to play in regulation. Amherst then exploded for seven straight goals as Cagnassola again ignited the run with her third goal of the contest at the 18:39 mark. Cagnassola chipped in two more goals, Spector, Mills, Passarelli and Mia Haughton '16 collected a goal each to help stake a commanding 17-10 advantage. With 3:22 to play, Gill scored following a pass from Micaela Dussei to set the final score at 17-11.

Amherst was terrific on the draw posting a 22-9 advantage as Hannah Krueger '17 won six draw controls, while Mills and Cagnassola recorded five each.

Christy Forrest '16 made eight saves between the pipes for the Purple & White to help seal the win, while Margaret Draper suffered the loss and turned away two shots.

Amherst returns to NESCAC action Tuesday, April 7 when it travels to Connecticut College for a 6 p.m. contest.