BABSON PARK, Mass. – Holding their opponent to five or fewer goals for the sixth time this spring, the No. 4 Amherst College women's lacrosse team powered past Babson, 17-4 Wednesday evening at MacDowell Field.
With the win, Amherst climbs to 12-1 on the season, while Babson falls to 7-7 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, April 21 when they travel to Bates College for a 12 p.m. conference matchup.
Recording the first nine goals of the contest, including six in the first 10 minutes, the Mammoths' tenacious offense quickly overpowered the Beavers to earn a comfortable cushion.
Striking at the 28:44 and 25:50 marks, Maia Noyes '21 made it 2-0 behind an unassisted effort and an assist from Hannah Gustafson '21 before dishing out a helper of her own to Katherine Malone '20 with 25:14 on the clock to extend the visitors advantage to 3-0.
Continuing her first half dominance, Noyes netted her 20th goal of the spring with 18:07 before intermission, while Cronin and Crerend each added a marker to push the score to 9-0.
Getting the Beavers on the board, Juliana McGuire and Georgia Salvatore notched back-to-back goals with assists from Taylor Herrmann and Lexi Lenaghan to cut Babson's deficit to seven.
Responding in kind, Gustafson and Noyes potted the next two markers before the home team's Taylor Thorbahn closed out scoring in the first half with a marker with 4:57 on the clock to make it 11-3 at the break.
Controlling the pace of play, Amherst outscored Babson, 6-1 in the second half to secure the 17-4 victory.
Opening the final 30 minutes of action with back-to-back goals, Sennett added two Mammoths scores with assists from Malone and Hannah Fox '20 to increase Amherst's lead to 13-3.
Logging what stood as Babson's final marker with 17:50 remaining, Lenaghan found Lyndsay Giroux for the home team's fourth goal of the day.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Talia Land '20 (12-1) made one stop in 52:03 in the winning effort for Amherst, while Katie Savage '19 notched two saves in 7:57 in relief. Olivia Phelan (3-3) took the loss for Babson, making two stops in the first 11:53, while Cricket Fligor finished with eight saves in the relief effort.
- The Mammoths owned a 27-7 edge in shots on frame and a 14-8 advantage in draw controls.
- Both sides finished 1-for-2 on free position shots, while Amherst finished 19-for-21 on clears and Babson went 14-for-21 on clear attempts.