AMHERST, Mass. – The 19th-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team used four goals from Claire Cagnassola '17 and eight saves from Kyra Gardner '18 to help seal a convincing, 11-0 victory over Babson College Wednesday evening at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 4-3 overall while Babson moves to 3-4 on the season. Amherst returns to NESCAC play Saturday, March 12 when it travels to No. 5 Middlebury College for a 2 p.m. start.
Amherst scored three goals in a four-minute span early in the first half as Hanna Krueger '17 opened the scoring with a free position shot at the 28:20 mark before Mary Grace Cronin '18 and Kelly Karczewski '18 each found the back of the net to make it 3-0 with 25:05 to play in the first half. Katherine Malone '20 provided the assist on Karczewski's score. Another goal by Cronin at the 13:04 mark made it 4-0 in favor of the Purple & White – a lead they held until intermission. Gardner made four of her eight saves in the first half, while Olivia Phelan turned away one shot for Babson.
In the second half, Cagnassola torched the nylon for back-to-back goals following perfect passes from Krueger on both markers. Cronin then assisted a score by Kate Burns '19 to make it 7-0, before a Krueger unassisted goal at the 18-minute mark set the score at 8-0. Cagnassola added a free position goal and later found the back of the net for an unassisted tally, while Krueger chipped in another marker – this one on the man-advantage – to set the final count at 11-0.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Malone led all players with six ground balls, while Sabrina Solow '19 followed with four pickups in the wining effort. She also added three caused turnovers while Andrea Rijo '17, Krueger and Kat Krieg '20 added two each.
- Krueger led the Purple & White with three draw controls, while Cagnassola won a pair of draws.
- Babson was led by three ground balls from Olivia Remley, and Lyndsay Giroux, while Julia Harrigan won three of the Beavers' four draw controls.