AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College women's lacrosse team used a three-goal effort Julia Crerend '18 and Hannah Fox '20, and the Mammoths scored six times in the second half to seal a 9-6 victory over NESCAC and Little III rival Williams College Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 6-7 on the season, 3-6 in league play and wraps up regular season action Wednesday, April 26 when it hosts Trinity College at 6 p.m. at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium. Williams moves to 4-9 overall, 1-8 in conference action.
In a low-scoring, defensive battle in the first half that saw Williams goalie Margaret Draper make 12 of her 14 saves, Amherst took a 1-0 lead at the 20:45 mark when Claire Cagnassola '17 scored on a feed from Annie Cohen '19. The Ephs answered back at the 18:35 and 15:31 marks when Katie Gallop found the back of the net and then assisted on a score by Kara Wollmers to give the visitors a 2-1 edge. With 5:37 to play in the opening period, Crerend scored the first of her three goals following a pass from Cagnassola to even the game at 2-2, and Kelly Karczewski '18 put the Mammoths ahead, 3-2 when she found nylon with just 52 seconds remaining following a nice dish from Fox.
Amherst continued to find its stride early in the second half as Fox netted back-to-back unassisted goals at the 29:32 mark and again at the 27:16 mark to run the lead to 5-2. Williams answered four minutes later when Korinna Garfield scored following a pass from Gallop to start a run of three straight goals by the Ephs in a 13-minute span. Emma Tenbarge and Kallie Saudek provided the markers for the visitors with Jenna Chodos assisting the third tally in the run at the 12:14 mark to tie the game at 5-5.
Amherst responded through Crerend and Fox who connected for back-to-back goals less than a minute apart to give the Mammoths a 7-5 advantage. Garfield pulled Williams back to within one with 7:20 to play in the stanza, but that's as close as the Ephs could get as Dakota Foster '18 and Crerend sealed the win following feeds from Fox and Cohen respectively to give Amherst a hard-fought, 9-6 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Amherst goalie Kyra Gardner '18 earned the win between the pipes notching eight saves, including seven in the second half.
- Cagnassola and Fox picked up five ground balls each while Crerend followed with four. Crerend and Kate Burns '19 added two caused turnovers each, while Fox won five draw controls.
- Williams was led by Tenbarge who picked up four ground balls and won three draw controls, while Saudek notched a pair of caused turnovers for the Ephs.