AMHERST, Mass. – A 12-goal effort by the Mammoths in the first half proved too much for the Polar Bears to overcome as the No. 20 Amherst College women's lacrosse team downed conference foe and No. 21 Bowdoin, 16-10 Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 3-0 on the season and to 2-0 in league play, while Bowdoin suffers its first loss of the year and falls to 2-1 overall (1-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, March 13 when they battle FDU-Florham in Lake Buena Vista, Fla beginning at 1 p.m.
The two nationally ranked teams began play in tenacious fashion, with the sides trading goals through the first five minutes.
Opening up scoring at the 27:12 mark, Julia Crerend '18 potted her first of five markers on the day on a dish from Claire Dunbar '21 to give the Mammoths an early lead. Katherine Miller countered less than two minutes later, converting on a free position shot to deadlock the score at 1-1.
Responding in a big way, Amherst dominated momentum over the next 15 minutes, netting eight uncontested goals to take a 9-1 lead with 10:50 remaining in the first half. Kaitlyn Haase '19 started off the Mammoths' run at the 24:35 mark with an assist from Isabelle Sennett '21 before Sennett tallied a score of her own to put the home team up, 3-1.
Katherine Malone '20, Crerend, Lindsey Call '19, Sennett and Maia Noyes '21 combined for the next six scores, before Eliza Denious broke through for the Polar Bears at the 10:30 mark to record the second Bowdoin goal of the matchup.
Amherst closed out the first half with three straight goals, with Call, Crerend and Noyes each beating the Bowdoin netminder to set the Mammoths' advantage at 12-2 at the half.
The Polar Bears adjustments during intermission helped the visitors own an 8-4 edge in the second, however it proved to little to late as Amherst clinched the 16-10 win.
The two sides went score for score through the first 20 minutes of the half, with Sennett, Rebecca Wistreich '21 and Malone finding nylon for Amherst and Kara Finnerty, Denious and Hannah Hirschfeld potting markers for the Polar Bears to push the contest to 15-5 in favor of the home team.
Making things interesting down the stretch, the Polar Bears out scored Amherst, 5-1 in the final 8:15, however the Mammoths defense stood strong and forced three turnovers to cap off the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In goal, Talia Land '20 (3-0) made seven saves in the winning effort for Amherst. Kayli Weiss (2-1) took the loss for Bowdoin, making four saves in the first half, while Erin Morrissey racked up four stops in the second half in relief.
- Crerend impressed for Amherst with a game-high five scores to go along with three ground ball pickups. Malone led the Mammoths in forced turnovers with three, while Call earned five draw controls.
- Bowdoin owned a slight 15-13 edge in draw controls, while the Mammoths held the advantage in ground balls, 12-9.
- Amherst went 2-2 on free position shots and 15-for-18 on clear attempts, while Bowdoin finished 3-for-5 on free position attempts and 7-for-13 on clear opportunities.