ORLANDO, Fla. – Showing off their tenacity, the Mammoths battled back from a three goal deficit to notch eight straight markers, as the No. 14 Amherst College women's lacrosse team downed the Stevens Institute of Technology, 13-9 Thursday afternoon at the Discover Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to cap off its Spring Break trip.
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-0 on the season, while Stevens falls to 3-2 overall. Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, March 20 when they travel to Springfield for a non-conference matchup beginning at 6 p.m.
Starting strong, the Mammoths owned a 3-0 lead after the first 10 minutes of play, with Julia Crerend '18 getting Amherst on the board at the 28:41 mark with an assist from Claire Dunbar '21 and Isabelle Sennett '21 and Dunbar each netting a score.
Striking with 19:51 on the clock, Emily Shanklin registered the first Duck marker of the contest before Sennett countered with her second goal of the battle at the 18:29 mark to give the Mammoths a 4-1 lead.
Responding in a big way, Stevens closed out the first half with four unanswered scores to own a 5-4 lead at intermission, with Shanklin netting back-to-back goals and Kyra Bednarski and Cami Santor each chipping in a goal in the final 13 minutes before the horn.
Holding momentum through the first ten minutes of the second half, the Ducks went on a 3-1 run behind scores by Mammoths' Maia Noyes '21 and Ducks' Bednarski (2) and Mackenzie Metzler.
Hitting their stride with 18:18 remaining in regulation, Amherst recorded eight straight goals to spotlight their resilience and own a 13-8 edge at the 2:34 mark. Six different Mammoths found nylon during the run, with Dunbar kicking off and wrapping up the onslaught. Maia Noyes '21, Mary Grace Cronin '18, Crerend, Hannah Gustafson '21 (2) and Dani DiTommaso '20 were the five other goal scorers for Amherst in the dominant stretch of play.
Bednarski logged the final marker of the game with 1:16 remaining, as the Mammoths defense held strong to clinch the 13-9 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In goal, Talia Land '20 (5-0) racked up six stops in the winning effort for Amherst, while Stephanie Schnelzer (3-2) made nine saves in the loss for Stevens.
- The Mammoths owned the advantage in draw controls and ground ball pick-ups, 15-8 and 19-11, respectively.
- Sabrina Solow '19 and Crerend led Amherst with three ground balls each, while Noyes added five draw controls and Kelly Siebert caused a team-high three turnovers.