NEW LONDON, Conn. – The No. 12 Amherst College women's lacrosse team received four goals from Rachel Passarelli '16 and two each from senior tri-captain Meghan Mills and Mia Haughton '16 but Connecticut College was able to notch a hard-fought, 11-10 win in Tuesday evening's NESCAC contest in New London, Conn.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 7-4 on the season, 3-4 in league play, while Conn. College improves to 3-8 overall, 1-6 in NESCAC play.
Conn. College opened the scoring at the 28:13 mark through Lacey Hale as the Camels struck for the first three goals of the game. Cecily Cushman scored less than a minute later on a pass from Caroline Moore, and Tina Balzotti fired in a goal to give the hosts a 3-0 lead at the 24:33 mark. Haughton netted her first goal at 17:52 to break the string, but Hale and Taylor Thomas added markers at the 16:41 and 13:57 marks give the Camels a 5-1 lead.
Mills deposited a goal with 9:37 to play in the first half, and Passarelli logged three consecutive goals to knot the game at 5-5 with just 1:44 to play in the stanza. With one second on the clock, Heidi Halsted capitalized on a feed from Thomas to give Conn. College a slim, 6-5 halftime advantage.
Early in the second stanza, the Camels added to their lead as Caroline Moore delivered a pair of goals on assists from Balzotti and Thomas to set the score at 8-5 with 20:52 to play in the game. The Purple & White pulled to within one (8-7) as Julia Crerend '18 and Sarah Spector '15 provided goals, but Moore and Balzotti responded to give Conn. College another three-goal lead (10-7) with 5:19 on the clock.
Amherst continued its comeback efforts as Mills, Haughton, and Passarelli each ripped shots into the cage to tie the game at 10-10 with 1:41 remaining in the frame. Annie Cornbrooks provided the heroics for the Camels with just 11 ticks on the clock to lift Conn. College to its first league win of the season, 11-10.
Mills and senior Priscilla Tyler combined for 13 of the Purple & White's 15 draw control, while Passarelli added a pair of caused turnovers. Amherst goalie Christy Forrest '16 made four saves in the losing effort.
The Camels were led by Balzotti and Cornbrooks who picked up two groundballs each, while Caitlin Mahoney, Blaire Rose and Lauren Munhall caused two turnovers each. Meg Raskin finished with 13 saves in the winning effort for Conn. College.
Amherst returns to NESCAC action Saturday, April 11 when it hosts Colby College at 12 p.m. at Pratt Field.