AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 14 Amherst College women's lacrosse team used a four-goal effort from Claire Cagnassola '17 and three different players registered five points to help propel the Purple & White to a 15-5 win over Mount Holyoke College in Wednesday evening's non-league game at Gooding Field.
With the win Amherst improves to 9-4 on the season, while Mount Holyoke moves to 5-8 overall.
Mount Holyoke struck first when Catherine Ryan netted an unassisted goal at the 24:08 mark, but Amherst answered with a string of five straight goals as the Purple & White quickly built its advantage to 5-1. Mia Haughton '16 got the scoring started and added a second goal during the stretch, while Cagnassola fired in two markers and Rachel Passarelli '16 chipped in her first.
Kirsten Kilburn, who registered four of the Lyons' five goals, scored her first with 8:56 to play in the half before Amherst again answered with five straight. Priscilla Tyler '15 ignited the run just 12 seconds following the Mount Holyoke score and then scored again at the 5:26 mark. Hanna Krueger '17, Cagnassola and Passarelli each added a goal to increase the lead to eight (10-2) with 48 seconds left in the first half. Kilburn then found the nylon for a second time with 30 ticks on the clock to pull the Lyons to within seven at intermission (10-3).
Passarelli finished with three assists in the first frame, Haughton dished out two helpers, and senior tri-captain Meghan Mills, Tyler and Krueger contributed one assist each.
The Purple & White continued where it left off as Haughton, Tyler and Cagnassola delivered their final goals of the contest to give Amherst a 13-3 cushion. Kilburn then tabbed back-to-back goals to make it 13-5 with 7:17 to play. The Purple & White closed out the victory as Kelly Karczewski '18 scored her first collegiate goal on a feed from Mary Grace Cronin before Sarah Spector '15 dished out a pass to Julia Crerend '18 whose marker set the final score at 15-5.
Tyler assisted on Haughton's goal to begin the second half, while Coco Kusiak '17 provided the helper on Tyler's ensuing score.
Krueger led Amherst with four caused turnovers, while senior tri-captain Kerry Fusco added three. Haughton, Katie Kent '17, Mills, and senior tri-captain Heath Cockrell forced two Lyons' turnovers each.
Isa Rodridguez made nine saves in the losing effort between the sticks for Mount Holyoke, while Kaitlin Braz led the squad with three groundball pickups.
Kilburn and Krueger finished with four draw controls apiece to lead their respective teams.
The Purple & White returns to NESCAC action Saturday, April 18 at Tufts University at 1 p.m.