AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 19 Amherst College women's lacrosse team had four different players find the back of the net, but a four-goal second half by Hamilton College helped lift the 18th-ranked Continentals to a 7-4 NESCAC victory over the Purple & White Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 3-3 on the season 1-2 in NESCAC play, while Hamilton improves to 5-3 overall, 3-1 in league action. Amherst returns to action Wednesday, March 29 when it hosts Babson College in non-conference action at 7 p.m. at Gooding Field.
In a back-and-forth first half that featured three goals apiece, Hamilton struck early as Darby Philbrick put the visitors ahead, 1-0 just 18 seconds into the contest following a pass from Nora Klemmer. Less than a minute later, Morgan Fletcher gave the Continentals a 2-0 lead when she scored on a free position shot.
Amherst responded with three straight goals as Claire Cagnassola '17 scored an unassisted marker at the 23:17 mark, while Julia Crerend '18 found the back of the net in the 14th minute to make it 2-2. With 11:04 remaining in the first stanza, Dakota Foster '18 gave the Purple & White its first lead of the game when she scored on a feed from Hanna Krueger '17 to make it 3-2. Hamilton knotted the game late in the period as Kara Pooley scorched the net with just 59 seconds on the clock to make it 3-3 at intermission.
Amherst regained the lead less than four minutes into the second half as Krueger notched an unassisted score to make it 4-3. The Continentals then collected four unanswered tallies to pull away to the 7-4 win as Philbrick capitalized on a pass from Pooley to start Hamilton's rally at the 22:59 mark. Philbrick later found Casey File who scored with 11:14 remaining in the game to make it 5-4 in favor of the visitors. Klemmer then scored on fa free position shot, before Alex Hendry assisted File's second goal of the contest at the 1:10 mark to set Hamilton's three-goal win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Crerend and Sabrina Solow '19 led Amherst with three ground balls each, while Crerend added three caused turnovers in the losing effort.
- In goal, Kyra Gardner '18 suffered the loss and made four saves between the pipes, while Hannah Burrall made five saves to secure the win for Hamilton.
- Pooley and Skyler Simson notched three ground balls each for the Continentals, while Jackie Cuddy and Philbrick picked up two draw controls each. Taylor Ryan, Maddie Fitzpatrick, and Simson each added two caused turnovers in the win.