Shut Down Defense Highlights No. 11 Amherst's 14-2 Win Over Springfield

Shut Down Defense Highlights No. 11 Amherst's 14-2 Win Over Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – A trio of Mammoths netted three goals each and the visitors held the Pride to just 10 shots as the No. 11 Amherst College women's lacrosse team continued to roll with a 14-2 victory over Springfield College Tuesday evening at Stagg Field.

With the win, Amherst improves to 6-0 on the season, while Springfield falls to 4-3 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, March 24 when they travel to Hamilton for a 12 p.m. conference bout. 

Controlling the pace of play out of the gate, Lindsey Call '19 got the visitors on the board 2:47 into the battle before dishing an assist to Julia Crerend '18 at the 26:49 mark to give the Mammoths a quick 2-0 lead. Extending Amherst's advantage to 3-0, Claire Dunbar '21 found Katherine Malone '20 for the goal with 20:38 on the clock.

The Mammoths held the 3-0 lead through the next 10 minutes of back-and-forth action until Malone started off a 5-1 run by Amherst in the final 11:35 before intermission on a pass from Maia Noyes '21. 

Dunbar and Kaitlyn Haase '19 each potted unassisted tallies to make it 6-0 before Amanda Nusbaum finally broke through for the Pride at the 2:32 mark following an Amherst turnover and Springfield clear. 

Responding two-fold before the horn, Crerend and Dunbar each found nylon in a 1:30 span to set the score at 8-1 in favor of the Mammoths at the half.

First to strike in the second half, Allie Goddard notched what stood as the Pride's final goal of the contest with an unassisted score at the 23:23 mark.

Shut down defense by the Mammoths and six straight Amherst markers highlighted the final 20 minutes of regulation, with Noyes beating the Springfield netminder on a free position shot with 19:52 on the clock and Hannah Gustafson '21 potting a tally with an assist from Dunbar at the 14:21 mark to make it 10-2.

Crerend, Noyes and Malone each registered a goal before the 10 minute mark to push the score to 13-2, before Dunbar logged the final maker of the battle with 8:01 remaining to lift the Mammoths to the 14-2 victory.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • In between the pipes, Talia Land '20 (6-0) racked up four stops in 54:45 in the winning effort for Amherst, while Katie Savage '19 played the last 5:15 in relief. Brenna Keefe (4-3) took the loss for the Pride, making nine saves.
  • Sabrina Solow '19 led the tilt with six ground ball pickups, while Noyes controlled three draws and forced three turnovers.
  • The Mammoths owned the advantage in both draw controls and ground balls, 12-5 and 17-15, respectively.
  • Amherst finished 14-for-20 on clears and 1-for-4 on free position shots, while the Pride went 18-for-25 on clear opportunities and 0-for-3 on free position shots.