AMHERST, Mass. – Rallying past the Cardinals, a 4-1 run by the Mammoths to close out the battle lifted the home team to victory as the No. 6 Amherst College women's lacrosse team edged No. 14 and Little III rival Wesleyan, 8-6 Wednesday evening at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 8-1 on the season and to 4-1 in league play, while Wesleyan falls to 7-3 overall (3-2 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field on Saturday, April 7 when they travel to archrival Williams for a 1 p.m. tilt.
Netting the first two scores of the matchup, the Cardinals jumped out a quick 2-0 lead in the first five minutes. Striking at the 26:57 mark, Abigail Horst potted an unassisted tally to get the visitors on the board before Emi Ogden-Fung powered a dish from Sydney Prokupek into the nylon with 25:53 on the clock.
Responding 27 seconds later, Maia Noyes '21 capitalized on a Wesleyan yellow card to notch a player-up score and cut the Mammoths' deficit to one.
Extending the Cardinals' lead to 3-1, Horst logged her second goal of the contest and what stood as the visitors final marker of the first half with 18:02 remaining.
Down by a goal heading into intermission, Katherine Malone '20 and Claire Dunbar '21 teamed up to beat the Wesleyan netminder at the 13:10 mark and set the score at 3-2. Powering the a shot over the goal line 29 seconds after an Amherst timeout, Dunbar dished a pass to a streaking Malone in the slot who quickly sent the ball into the top right corner.
Doubling up Wesleyan, 6-3 in the second half behind the strength of three free position markers, the Mammoths rallied past the Cardinals to secure the 8-6 conference victory.
Trading scores to open the final 30 minutes of action, Isabelle Sennett '21 split two defenders at the 27:33 mark and snuck a shot inside the right post to even the bout at 3-3 before Therese Mittleman countered with a score on a pass from Rylee White 1:32 later.
Notching the Mammoths first of three free position goals in the half with 21:38 on the clock, Dunbar deadlocked the sides at 4-4.
Giving the visitors their final lead of the battle at the 18:11 mark, Horst collected a hat trick on the day with a free position goal into the bottom right corner.
The final 16:59 of the Little III matchup featured a 4-1 comeback run by Amherst, with Sennett starting the Mammoths' rally with a highlight reel score with two defenders closing in. Noyes was credited with the assist on the marker.
Taking their first lead with 8:15 remaining in regulation, Leah Ritterband '21 cut towards goal and drove a pass from Dubar into the top left corner following an Amherst timeout before Mary Grace Cronin '18 potted a free position shot to extend the home team's lead to 7-5.
Abby Manning returned the favor at the 6:42 mark, logging a free position goal of her own to cut the Cardinals' deficit to 7-6, however that was a close as Wesleyan came to the win as Cronin registered the final dagger for Amherst with 5:25 to play, bouncing a shot past the Wesleyan goalkeeper to lift the Mammoths to the 8-6 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Talia Land '20 (8-1) recorded three saves in the winning effort for Amherst, while Allegra Grant (7-3) made seven stops for Wesleyan in the loss.
- Noyes led Amherst with three draw controls, while Malone posted a game-high five ground ball pickups.
- The Mammoths owned a 15-9 edge in shots on target and a 24-19 advantage in ground balls, while the Cardinals led draw controls, 8-7.
- Amherst finished 17-for-20 on clears and 3-for-6 on free position shots, while Wesleyan went 18-for-24 on clear attempts and 2-for-6 on free position opportunities.