AMHERST, Mass. – The No. T-19 Amherst College women's lacrosse team used a pair of goals by Kelly Karczewski '18 and the Purple & White held a 5-0 advantage in the first half to help seal a 9-4 victory over Springfield College in Tuesday evening's non-conference contest at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 3-2 on the season, while Springfield moves to 3-3 overall. The Purple & White return to action Saturday, March 25 when they host Hamilton College at 12 p.m.
Amherst hit the ground running in the first half as Karczewski scored the first of two early goals at the 28:19 mark. She followed that unassisted strike with her second marker seven minutes later after receiving a beautiful pass from Julia Crerend '18 to give the Purple & White a 2-0 lead. Dakota Foster '18, Crerend and Katherine Malone '20 extended the lead to 5-0, scoring at the 17, 15 and 10 minute marks for Amherst. The Purple & White outshot Springfield, 11-3 in the first 30 minutes.
Springfield crept back into the contest early in the second half as Amanda Nusbaum scored on a free position shot at the 27:19 mark, before Shelby Corsano capitalized on a feed from Bianca Raniolo with 22:09 on the clock to make it 5-2. Crerend answered following a pass from Kate Wyeth '17, but the Pride fired back as Katie Stallone found the nylon to set the score at 6-3 with 18:21 to play in the contest.
Amherst then pulled away using three straight goals from Malone (free position), Crerend, and Wyeth to make it 9-3 with 1:35 to play in the game. Crerend's goal was perfectly assisted by Karczewski who lofted a nice pass to her classmate from 10 yards away. Stallone notched Springfield's final goal with 66 seconds remaining following a dish from Allie Goddard to set the final score at 9-4.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Kate Burns '19 led Amherst with four ground balls, a pair of draw controls and one caused turnover, while Crerend notched three draw controls and caused an opponent turnover in addition to netting three goals and adding an assist.
- In goal, Kyra Gardner turned away two shots on target to earn the win, while her Springfield counterpart, Gabby Anderson made five saves in the losing effort for the Pride.
- Kayla Schroeher picked up a game-best four ground balls and caused two turnovers while Nusbaum and Julia Bireley finished with three ground balls each.
- Andie Stone chipped in two caused turnovers, while Corsano won a pair of draws.