AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College's Claire Cagnassola '17 scored twice for the Mammoths, but No. 19 Colby College erased a two-goal deficit with eight straight scores to help pace the Mules to an 8-3 victory in Saturday afternoon's women's lacrosse game at Gooding Field.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 4-6 overall, 1-5 in NESCAC action. Colby improves to 7-3 on the season, 4-2 in league play. The Mammoths return to action Tuesday, April 11 when they travel to Conn. College for a 6:30 p.m. conference contest.
Controlling the pace of play early, Amherst netted the first two goals of the contest as Cagnassola scored on the extra-man opportunity following a feed from Annie Cohen '19 at the 22:04 mark to make it 1-0. The Mammoths added their lead less than a minute later when Hanna Krueger '17 scored an unassisted goal to make it 2-0.
Colby responded with less than 10 minutes to play in the first half when Kendall Smith found the back of the net on a free position shot. Cassie Rodgers then knotted the game at 2-2 with 7:05 to play in the first stanza. Neither team was able to find the go-ahead goal as the half ended still tied at 2-2.
In the second frame, the Mules forged ahead at the 26:59 mark through an unassisted marker from Sasha Fritts to spark a run of six straight second half goals. Gemma Bready and Lexi Peritcone then provided free position goals, while Kelsey Bowen found the back of the net on a free position attempt with Colby playing down a man. Emilie Klein fired in the Mules' seven goal at the 4:38 mark, while Fritts added her second tally – a man-up goal – following a feed from Chrissy Coveney with 2:21 on the clock to make it 8-2. Cagnassola then struck for Amherst on a nice dish from Kate Burns '18 with 59 seconds left to set the final score at 8-3.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Cagnassola led Amherst with three ground balls, while Sabrina Solow '19, and Rowena Schenck '18 led the Mammoths with two draw controls each.
- Kelly Siebert '20 and Schenck registered two caused turnovers apiece, while Kyra Gardner '18 made eight saves in the losing effort.
- Izzy Scribano earned the win for Colby, making seven stops, while Maddie Hatch picked up four ground balls won two draws for the Mules.
- Bready and Melinda Edie combined for nine of the team's 19 caused turnovers, while Kelsey Otley and Scribano forced three turnovers each.