MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Amherst College junior goalie Kyra Gardner made nine saves, but Wesleyan University had a pair of players score twice to help the Cardinals seal a 9-4 win in Wednesday evening's NESCAC and Little III contest at Smith Field in Middletown, Conn.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 4-5 on the season, 1-4 in league action, while Wesleyan improves to 7-3 overall, 3-2 in NESCAC play. The Mammoths return to action Saturday, April 8 when they host Colby College at 12 p.m. at Gooding Field.
After a scoreless 16 minutes to start the game, Liana Mathias put Wesleyan in front, 1-0 when she scored on a pass from Emma Richards. The Cardinals added two more markers as Rachel Aronow found the back of the net on a free position try, while Antonia Kaz added an unassisted goal to make it 3-0 with 9:52 to play in the first half.
Amherst pulled a goal back when Claire Cagnassola '17 capitalized on a dish from Kaitlyn Haase '19 on the extra-man opportunity to make it 3-1 with 1:15 to play in the stanza. Wesleyan responded 45 seconds later when Emi Ogden-Fung fired in an unassisted goal to set the score at 4-1 after 30 minutes.
The Mammoths struck for two of the first three goals in the second half as Hanna Krueger '17 found nylon unassisted at the 28:37 mark and then found Dakota Foster '18 with 17:25 on the clock to make it 5-3. Richards scored on a feed from Julia Gretsky for Wesleyan at the 26:03 mark.
The Cardinals pulled away with four straight tallies as Ogden Fung scored on a pass from Meredith Smith, before Abby Manning found pay dirt on a feed from Abigail Horst. Smith then struck for a pair of free position scores to make it 9-3 before Julia Crerend '18 notched the final goal of the game, aided by Katherine Malone '20 to set the final score at 9-4.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Crerend, Malone and Krueger led Amherst with two draw controls each, while Krueger and Sabrina Solow '19 caused two turnovers each in the losing effort.
- Gardner made nine saves in the loss, while Krueger and Malone picked up two ground balls each.
- Aronow led all players with four ground balls, while Caroline Sgaglione added four draw controls. She, Leah Giacalone, and Horst added two caused turnovers each.
- Grace McCann sealed the win with seven saves between the pipes for the Cardinals.