KEENE, N.H. - Claire Cagnassola '17 and Kate Wyeth '17 scored three goals each and the Amherst College women's lacrosse team held an 11-1 lead after 30 minutes to help propel the 15th-ranked Purple & White to a 16-3 victory over Keene State College Wednesday evening in Keene, N.H.
With the win, Amherst improves to 1-1 on the season, while Keene State moves to 0-3 overall. The Purple & White return to action Saturday, March 11 when they host NESCAC rival Bates College at 2 p.m. at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium in their home opener.
Amherst netted seven goals in the first 10 minutes of the contest as Wyeth got the scoring started just 36 seconds in after receiving a feed from Cagnassola. Kelly Karczewski '18 then scored on a pass from Coco Kusiak '17, before Kusiak found the back of the net herself following a dish from Cagnassola. A converted free position shot by Cagnassola gave Amherst a 4-0 lead before she assisted Wyeth's second tally of the half. At the 21:33 mark, Cagnassola found the back of the net a second time, this one unassisted, before Mary Grace Cronin '18 capitalized on a free position shot to make it 7-0.
At the 19:37 mark, Keene State's Gabby Smith scored with an assist from Taylor Farland to make it 7-1, but the Purple & White secured four more goals in the half to make it 11-1. Cronin scored another free position shot, while Julia Crerend '18 added a score following a pass from Cronin. Cagnassola then scored her third of the half from Katherine Malone '20, before Kaitlyn Haase '19 provided a marker with an aid from Wyeth to set the 10-goal cushion.
The Owls came out strong in the second half, netting two of the first three goals to make it 12-3 with 22:49 remaining in the contest. Smith scored her second on a free position shot, while Tess Masci scored following a pass from Chelsea Lewis. Annie Cohen '19 collected the goal in between scores for Amherst.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Crerend led Amherst with four draw controls, while Call followed with three. Kat Krieg '20 added a team-high two ground balls, while Rowena Schenck '18 forced two opponent turnovers.
- Between the posts, Kyra Gardner '18 made two saves in 39:52 of action, while Talia Land '20 made a stop in 20:08.
- Tara Kilderry led Keene State with three ground balls and five caused turnovers, while Farland earned four draw controls.
- In goal, Alison Argiro made six saves in 52:22 of action, while Anna O'Brien played the final 7:38.