CLINTON, N.Y. – The Mammoths shut out the Continentals in the first half and held their opponent to just two goals for the second consecutive game as the No. 11 Amherst College women's lacrosse team powered past league foe Hamilton, 13-2 Saturday afternoon at Steuben Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 7-0 on the season and to 3-0 in league action, while Hamilton falls to 2-5 overall (1-3 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field on Saturday, March 31 when they host Middlebury beginning at 2 p.m.
Exhibiting shut down defense from the opening whistle, the Mammoths allowed just four shots on target in the first half while potting 10 unanswered goals to hold a 10-0 lead at intermission.
Lindsey Call '19 kicked off Amherst's offensive push 1:38 into the matchup, sending a pass from Maia Noyes '21 past the Continentals' netminder before dishing out an assist of her own to Julia Crerend '18 at the 27:06 mark.
Replicating Call's two quick points, Katherine Malone '20 made it 3-0 with an assist from Noyes with 24:55 on the clock and then sent a helper to Hannah Gustafson '21 just over a minute later to extend the Mammoths' lead to 4-0.
Holding momentum, Noyes and Crerend each converted on a free position shot at the 15:58 and 8:06 marks, respectively, before the duo teamed up with 4:37 to play in the half as Crerend powered Noyes's pass into the nylon to set the score at 7-0.
The second half saw competitive play between the sides, with the Mammoths outscoring Hamilton, 3-2 to clinch the 13-2 victory.
Logging the first two goals, Malone recorded her second marker of the day for Amherst with 28:42 on the clock, before Crerend netted her fifth and final tally of the contest at the 15:39 mark.
Nicole Lyons got the home team on the board with 11:14 remaining in regulation, driving home an unassisted score to make it 12-1. Charlotte Wynn potted what stood as Hamilton's final goal, sending a shot across the goal line at the 2:45 mark.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Talia Land '20 (7-0) notched four saves in the winning effort in 50:26, while Katie Savage '19 made two stops in the final 9:34 in relief. Hannah Burrall (2-5) took the loss for the Continentals, making four stops in the first half while Eleni Neyland played the final 30 minutes in relief.
- Six Mammoths each picked up two ground balls, while Kat Krieg '20 led the contest with four forced turnovers.
- The Mammoths owned a 9-7 edge in draw controls and a 17-8 advantage in shots on frame.
- Amherst finished 15-for-18 on clear attempts and a perfect 3-for-3 on free position shots, while Hamilton went 11-for-16 on clear opportunities.