AMHERST, Mass. – Claire Dunbar '21 tallied five goals and Talia Land '20 made an impressive 19 saves for the Mammoths, however the home team was unable to battle back from a two goal deficit at halftime as the No. 7 Amherst College women's lacrosse team was edged by second-ranked Middlebury, 11-9 Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 7-1 on the season and to 3-1 in league play, while Middlebury improves to 8-1 overall (5-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, April 4 when they host Little III rival Wesleyan under the lights beginning at 6 p.m.
Claire Dunbar '21 came roaring out of the gate for Amherst, tallying back-to-back unassisted markers in the first three minutes to give the Mammoths an early 2-0 lead. Emily Barnard and Georgia Carroll countered for the Panthers at the 25:08 and 24:43 marks, respectively, to deadlock the tilt at 2-2 before Dunbar powered her third goal into the nylon with an assist from Maia Noyes '21 with 22:30 on the clock to put Amherst back on top.
Capitalizing on a pass from Carroll, Jenna McNicholas beat the Mammoths' netminder two minutes later, while Casey O'Neill took advantage of an Amherst yellow card at the 16:33 mark to score a player-up goal and give the Panthers their first lead of the contest.
Hannah Gustafson '21 made it 4-4 with 12:24 remaining in the half on a pass from Isabelle Sennett '21, however Emma McDonagh, Casey O'Neill and Jenna McNicholas went on to score three unanswered goals for Middlebury to push the score to 7-4.
Julia Crerend '18 notched the final marker before the horn, netting her 26th goal of the spring at the 5:58 mark to set the score at 7-5 in favor of the Panthers at intermission.
The second half saw the teams go goal-for-goal, with both sides logging four markers en rotue to Middlebury clinching the 11-9 win.
Hollis Perticone opened scoring 57 seconds into the half, potting an unassisted marker, before Dunbar responded with a player-down goal just over three minutes later. The next 10 minutes featured four scores, with Katherine Malone '20 and Dunbar sending shots over the goal line for Amherst and
Kirsten Murphy and Emily Barnard tallying markers for the Panthers to make it 10-8.
Notching her second goal of the day at the 13:09 mark, Carroll extended Middlebury's lead to three with time winding down.
Offsetting Carroll's score with 10:27 to play, Sennett potted an unassisted tally to get the Mammoths within striking distance, however Amherst was unable to find the back of the goal in the final 10 minutes of action as the visitors held on to the two-goal victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Land (7-1) racked up 19 saves in the losing effort for Amherst, while Julia Keith (8-1) made seven stops for Middlebury in the win.
- Sabrina Solow '19 led the Mammoths in ground ball pickups and forced turnovers with three apiece, while Hannah Fox '20 posted five draw controls.
- The Panthers owned a 30-16 edge in shots on fame and a 15-11 advantage in ground balls.
- Amherst finished 12-for-16 on clear attempts and 0-for-3 on free position shots, while Middlebury went 18-for-20 on clears and 0-for-7 on free position attempts.