Dominant First Half Lifts Fourth-Ranked Amherst Past Conn. College, 16-3

Dominant First Half Lifts Fourth-Ranked Amherst Past Conn. College, 16-3

AMHERST, Mass. – Opening the bout strong and fast, the Mammoths posted 10 unanswered goals in a decisive first half as the No. 4 Amherst College women's lacrosse team navigated their way past Connecticut College, 16-3 Tuesday evening at Gooding Field.

With the win, Amherst improves to 10-1 on the year and to 6-1 in league play, while Connecticut College falls to 3-8 overall (0-8 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field on Saturday, April 14 when they host No. 6 Tufts in their final home game of the regular season. Opening draw on Senior Day is slated for 12 p.m.

Netting the first four scores of the game, Hannah Fox '20 and Julia Crerend '18 kicked off the Mammoths' dominant 10-0 run to start the matchup.

Dishing a pass, Crerend found Fox at the 26:33 mark to get Amherst on the board before potting a goal of her own 36 seconds later. Fox added another marker to the stat sheet with 24:57 on the clock, this time with an assist from Mary Grace Cronin '18, while Crerend extended the Mammoths' lead to 4-0 with the help of first-year Hannah Gustafson

Notching another helper just over a minute later, Gustafson connected with Isabelle Sennett' 21 for the score, before Crerend logged her second unassisted tally of the battle to push the Amherst advantage to 6-0. 

Claire Dunbar '21, Katherine Malone '20, Leah Ritterband '21 and Fox closed out the Mammoths' unanswered streak, with Sennett, Fox, Dani DiTommaso '20 and Maia Noyes '21 earning assists on the scoring plays.

Breaking through at the 2:43 mark, Jamie Navoni powered the Camels first score over the goal line on an unassisted effort to make it 10-1.

Recording her fourth marker of the half, Crerend put the home team up by 10 with 55 seconds remaining before intermission, driving a free position shot past the Connecticut College netminder.

In the second half, each side found nylon in the opening two minutes, as Sennett capitalized on a pass from Crerend at the 29:32 mark and Bryce McClure potted a dish from Julia Loesch with 28:16 remaining in regulation to set the score at 12-2. 

Stretching their lead to 15-3, the Mammoths responded to the Camels second goal with three straight markers, as Crerend, Malone and Sennett each delivered Amherst scores.

Connecticut College tallied what stood as its final marker of the contest with 13:02 on the clock, with Navoni posting her 36th goal of the spring before DiTommaso closed out the conference clash with a free position score to lift Amherst to the 16-3 victory.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Holding Amherst's opponent to five or fewer goals for the fifth time this spring, Talia Land '20 (9-1) made two stops in the winning effort, while Katie Savage '19 recorded one save in the final 30 minutes in relief. Nina Fazio (0-1) took the loss for the Camels, racking up one stop in the first half, while Megan Mullin made four saves in the relief effort.
  • Fox led the Mammoths with three ground balls. Gustafson posted a team-high four draw controls, while Sabrina Solow '19 led the way in forced turnovers with three.
  • Amherst owned a 21-6 edge in shots on target and a 19-13 advantage in ground balls.
  • The Mammoths finished 15-for-16 on clears and a perfect 2-for-2 on free position shots, while Connecticut College went 10-for-16 on clear attempts and 0-for-3 on free position opportunities.