MEDFORD, Mass. - The 14th-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team received three goals from Julia Crerend '18 and 10 saves from Christy Forrest '16, but Caroline Ross scored six goals, including the game-winner in overtime to help No. 12 Tufts University to a hard-fought, 11-10 victory Saturday afternoon at Bello Field in Medford, Mass.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 9-5 overall, 4-5 in NESCAC action, while Tufts improves to 10-4 on the season, 6-3 in conference play.
In a game that featured back-and-forth action throughout, Amherst struck first as Priscilla Tyler '15 found the back of the net at the 23:54 mark to give the Jeffs a 1-0 lead. Just 1:42 later, Ross answered with her first of the game to even the game at 1-1. The Purple & White then scored three of the next four goals as Mia Haughton '16 and Claire Cagnassola '17 connected for back-to-back markers with Rachel Passarelli '16 assisting on Cagnassola's score to make it 3-1. Ross added her second goal of the contest on a free position shot with 13:19 to play to pull Tufts to within one at 3-2, but Tyler responded with her second of the game on a feed from Haughton to increase the Amherst lead back to 4-2. The Jumbos rallied for the final two goals of the first half as Ross and Brigid Bowser found the net to knot the score at 4-4 at intermission.
Forrest made seven of her 10 saves in the first 30 minutes as Tufts edged Amherst, 12-10 in shots in the period. Rachel Gallimore made four of her six stops in the first stanza.
The second stanza saw Bowser strike at the 27:17 mark to give the Jumbos their first lead of the game (5-4) before Amherst tied the game at 5-5 following a Coco Kusiak '17 marker from Tyler just 15 seconds later. With 25:13 remaining in regulation, tri-captain Meghan Mills '15 put the Purple & White back on top with a free position shot to make it 6-5. Tufts rallied with three straight goals as Ross found Calie Nowak who evened the game at 6-6 with her first score. Lindsey Walker then delivered an unassisted goal before Ross capitalized with a free position score on the player-advantage as Tufts held an 8-6 lead with 15:42 to play.
The Purple & White then went on a 4-0 run in a span of 6:41 as Crerend scored one unassisted goal and two on free position shots to highlight the stretch. Passarelli added a goal to help the Jeffs stake a 10-8 lead with 6:08 to play in the contest. With 2:40 on the clock, Ross fired in her fifth goal of the game to pull Tufts to within one (10-9), before Nowak netted the equalizer with 64 seconds on the clock. Bowser assisted on both of the Jumbos' late scores which forced overtime.
In overtime, Ross drove in her sixth goal of the game at the 4:52 mark of the extra stanza to give the Jumbos an 11-10 edge, and the Jumbos were able to hold off Amherst's bid at an equalizer.
Mills and Hanna Krueger '17 finished with three groundballs each in the losing effort, while senior tri-captain Heath Cockrell led the Purple & White with three caused turnovers. Tyler won seven draws, while Krueger, Crerend and Mills chipped in two draw controls each.
Bowser led all players with four groundball pickups and added three caused turnovers, while Emily Wright totaled four draw controls.
Amherst hosts NESCAC rival Trinity College April 22 at 7 p.m. in the regular season finale.