LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Julia Crerend '18 netted five goals and the Mammoths' defense held their opponent to five or fewer scores for the second time in four games, as the No. 14 Amherst College women's lacrosse team downed FDU-Florham, 16-5 Tuesday afternoon at Discover Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
With the win, Amherst improves to 4-0 on the season, while FDU-Florham falls to 2-2 overall. Amherst returns to action on Thursday, March 15 when they battle Stevens in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. beginning at 11 a.m.
The Mammoths dominated the first 10 minutes of play, jumping out to a 6-0 lead over the Devils. Needing just 44 seconds to get Amherst on the board, Julia Crerend '18 netted an unassisted tally to record the first marker of the game before Claire Dunbar '21 and Crerend traded the next three scores to make it 4-0 at the 24:44 mark.
Lindsey Call '19 and Maia Noyes '21 potted back-to-back markers with an unassisted goal and a free position conversion, before Kathleen Petrucelli countered with a free position score of her own to register FDU-Florham first goal of the matchup.
A Caitlyn Damon score with 17:53 on the clock cut the Devils deficit to 6-2, however the Mammoths responded with three unanswered goals by Crerend (2) and Call to own a 9-2 lead at intermission.
The second half saw the sides trade the first four scores, with Isabelle Sennett '21 and Rebecca Wistreich '21 tallying goals for Amherst and Aliyha Elk and Olivia Chaoush logging markers for the Devils to set the score at 11-4.
The next 15 minutes featured a 5-0 run by the Mammoths, kicked off by a dish from Dani DiTommaso '20 to Sennett at the 16:00 mark. Dunbar and Crerend added goals at the 14:49 mark and 13:33 mark, respectively, before Leah Ritterband '21 and Natalie Landau '21 notched the final two Amherst scores of the battle on a free position shot and a player-up opportunity.
Chaoush closed out action with a Devils score at the 2:24 mark as the Mammoths clinched the 16-5 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Talia Land '20 (4-0) recorded three saves in 58:14 in the winning effort for Amherst, while Katie Savage '19 closed out the battle with two saves in 1:46 in relief. Megan Nemeth (2-2) took the loss for the Devils, making 16 stops in 56:15, while Erin Gill played 3:45 in relief.
- Noyes led Amherst in ground ball pick ups and caused turnovers with four and three, respectively, while Crerend's five goals were a game-high.
- The Mammoths owned a 15-8 edge in draw controls and a 21-16 advantage in ground balls.
- Amherst went 10-for-14 in clears and 2-for-5 in free position opportunities, while FDU-Florham finished 11-for-20 on clear attempts and 3-for-7 on free position shots.