NEW LONDON, Conn. – Katherine Malone '20 scored three goals, and three other players notched two goals each to help spark the Amherst College women's lacrosse team to a 13-2 victory over NESCAC rival Conn. College in Tuesday evening's contest at Silfen Field in New London, Conn.
With the win, Amherst snaps its three-game losing slide and improves to 5-6 overall, 2-5 in NESCAC action. Conn. College moves to 1-9 on the season, 0-7 in conference play. The Mammoths return to league play Saturday, April 15 when they travel to No. 20 Tufts University for a 1 p.m. tilt in Medford, Mass.
In the early stages of the contest, Amherst went ahead, 1-0 on an unassisted goal by Mary Grace Cronin '18 at the 28:03 mark. Conn. College answered less than two minutes later as Tina Balzotti scored an unaided marker to knot the game at 1-1. Claire Cagnassola '17 then triggered a 6-0 run by the Mammoths to close out the half as Kaitlyn Haase '19, Hannah Fox '20, Cronin, Malone and Annie Cohen '19 all scored to help give Amherst a 7-1 lead at intermission. Cohen and Malone provided assists on the final two goals of the half respectively.
Early in the second half, the visitors extended their run to eight straight scores as Kelly Karczewski '18 scored with an assist from Cronin at the 28:48 mark, while Fox collected her second goal with 25:30 to play to give Amherst a 9-1 cushion. Conn. College disrupted the string of eight straight when Balzotti scored on a feed from Hannah Donegan, but the Mammoths answered with four more strikes including two from Malone, and one each from Julia Crerend '18 and Karczewski as Amherst pulled away to the 13-2 win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Malone scored three times for Amherst, while Cronin, Karczewski and Fox added two goals each in the winning effort.
- Kate Burns '19 led the Mammoths with three ground balls, while Malone, Karczewski, Cohen Cronin and Cagnassola picked up a pair each.
- Rowena Schenck '18 was stellar in the draw control hauling six of the team's 10 wins, while Fox added four draw controls.
- In goal, Kyra Gardner '18 made four saves as the Camels were held to just seven shots (six on goal).
- Conn. College was led by Jamie Navoni who picked up three ground balls and won three draw controls, while Meg Raskin made five of the Camels' eight saves in defeat.