AMHERST, Mass. – Julia Crerend '18 scored four goals and added an assist, while Claire Cagnassola '17 added three goals to help lift the No. 15 Amherst College women's lacrosse team to an 11-9 victory over NESCAC rival Bates College in Friday afternoon's home opener at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-1 overall, 1-1 in NESCAC play, while Bates moves to 2-2 on the season, 0-2 in league action. The Purple & White return to action Wednesday, March 15 at TCNJ at 1 p.m.
Bates came out firing in the first half as Sydney Howard scored the game's first goal on a free position shot just 1:28 into the contest. Amherst answered with four straight goals as Cagnassola found the back of the net just 28 ticks later following a feed from Katherine Malone '20 to knot the game at 1-1. Kelly Karczewski '19 the scored a goal that was aided by Coco Kusiak '17, before Cagnassola added her second tally of the period – this one unassisted. The senior captain then found Crerend for her first strike of the game at the 18:44 mark to give Amherst a 4-1 lead.
The Bobcats roared back with four straight goals as Camille Belletete scored with an assist from Howard, while Sydney Cowles found the back of the net on a free position shot. An unassisted strike from Belletete, followed by an Allison Dewey shot on the free position, gave Bates a 5-4 edge with 12:15 to play in the first half.
The Purple & White answered with three straight goals to close out the first half as Karczewski potted her second marker of the contest following a dish from Annie Cohen '19, while Mary Grace Cronin '18 and Crerend added unassisted tallies of their own to make it 7-5 after 30 minutes of play.
Amherst surged out of the gate in the second half, scoring five of the six goals take an 11-6 lead. Crerend netted her third, and then assisted a goal by Malone. A fourth goal by Crerend (assisted by Hanna Krueger '17) made it 10-6, before Cagnassola fired in her final goal to give the hosts a five-goal cushion with 9:51 to play.
Bates, which received a goal by Cowles (assisted by Kaileigh Maguire) at the 16:37 mark, scored three unanswered goals in the final 8:27 as Belletete found the nylon following a pass from Avery MacMullen, while Teal Otley scored unassisted and on the free position to make it 11-9 with 5:05 to play. From there, stellar Amherst defense and a save by Talia Land '20 helped seal the win for Amherst.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Land made seven saves and picked up her first collegiate win between the pipes for Amherst playing the final 37:16.
- Rowena Schenck '18 led Amherst with five ground balls, followed by four from Kusiak and three from Krueger, while Schenck also caused three turnovers.
- Eliza Statile suffered the loss between the posts for Bates, making five saves in the effort. Belletete added a team-high four ground balls and a game-best six draw controls, and chipped in three caused turnovers.