WATERVILLE, Maine – The Mammoths opened the 2018 season with a statement win at Bill Alfond Field, as the Amherst College women's lacrosse team used an eight-goal second half to upset No. 9 Colby College, 13-12 in a thriller Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Amherst begins its season 1-0 overall and 1-0 in NESCAC play, while Colby starts its campaign, 0-1 overall (0-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, March 7 when they host Keene State at 6 p.m. in their home opener.
The two sides traded scores to open competition, with Sasha Fritts finding nylon to give the Mules an early 1-0 lead before Lindsey Call '19 swiftly responded with a goal of her own at the 25:11 mark. After a 3-1 Colby run over the next 10 minutes of play pushed the score to 4-2, the Mammoths answered with three straight markers of their own, with Call netting two scores and Julia Crerend '18 adding another to give the visitors their first lead of the battle, 5-4, with 7:18 remaining in the first half.
Colby finished out the half strong after five minutes of scoreless action, as Kendall Smith and Robyn Pirie each beat the Amherst netminder in the final three minutes to restore the Mules' one-goal lead at intermission.
Starting the second half the same way they ended the first, Colby notched two quick markers to extend their edge to 8-5 before Amherst came roaring back with four unanswered tallies as they held momentum over an 11 minute span. Maia Noyes '21 led the charge with two scores, while Crerend and Claire Dunbar '21 each added another to make it 9-8 in favor of the Mammoths with 16:03 remaining in regulation.
Emma Banks tied the score for the fifth time in the matchup at the 14:50 mark, however Amherst countered with another impressive run, as Noyes recorded her third score of the contest before dishing out assists to Isabelle Sennett '21 and Hannah Gustafson '21 to give the Mammoths their biggest lead of the day, 12-9.
Setting the stage for an exciting final five minutes of action, the Mules cut their deficit to one with back-to-back goals by Grace Crowell and Grace Langmuir, however a clutch score by Sennett on a free position shot at the 4:38 mark put the visitors ahead, 13-11, and stood as the difference maker.
Emma Banks pulled the Mules within one on a free position shot with 57 seconds remaining, but Talia Land '20 recorded two big stops and the Amherst defense shut down the Mules' final push to hold on the 13-12 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Amherst excelled in free position shots, going 2-for-3, while Colby finished 3-for-12.
- Land (1-0) made 12 saves for Amherst in the winning effort in between the pipes, while Izzy Scribano (0-1) registered seven stops in the loss.
- Call led the Mammoths with five shots on goal, including four scores, while Noyes chipped in four shots on target and three goals.
- Katherine Malone '20 picked up a team-high two ground balls for Amherst, while Call and Sabrina Solow '19 each forced three turnovers.
- Banks led Colby with seven shots on target, while Jackie Brokaw caused two turnovers and Gwen Geisler added three ground ball pickups.