LEWISTON, Maine – Forcing 17 turnovers, the Mammoths' tenacious defense continued to shine, as the fourth-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team powered past Bates College, 7-3 Saturday afternoon at Garcelon Field.
With the win, Amherst climbs to 13-1 on the season and to 8-1 in league play, while Bates falls to 7-7 overall (2-7 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field on Wednesday, April 25 when they close out the regular season with a 6:30 p.m. matchup at Trinity College.
Recording six of their seven goals in the first half, Hannah Gustafson '21 got things started for the Mammoths 2:32 into the battle, capitalizing on a Bobcats yellow card to give the visitors the lead.
Doubling Amherst's advantage, Hannah Fox '20 found Katherine Malone '20 for the score 38 seconds later before Maia Noyes '21 powered a free position shot past the Bates netminder to make it 3-0 at the 26:35 mark.
Mary Grace Cronin '18 found nylon with 23:56 on the clock to push the score to 4-0 before dishing a helper to Malone to give the Mammoths a 5-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of action.
Getting on the board with 2:59 remaining before intermission, Teal Otley tallied the Bobcats first goal of the game on a free position shot.
Amherst closed out the half with a score at the 1:15 mark push their lead to 6-1 at the break, as Julia Crerend '18 quickly sent Noyes' pass over the goal line.
A low scoring second half featured just three total goals, including two in the final 30 seconds.
Avery MacMullen and Allison Dewey potted markers for the Bobcats at the 7:30 and 16 second marks, while Gustafson netted the Mammoths' final goal with 29 seconds remaining in regulation.
- Talia Land '20 (13-1) made seven saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Eliza Statile (7-7) registered 11 stops for Bates in the loss.
- Malone caused a game-high four turnovers, while Noyes led the Mammoths in draw controls with three. Sabrina Solow '19 led the matchup in ground balls with five.
- Amherst owned an 18-10 edge in shots on target and an 8-4 and 25-16 advantage in draw controls and ground balls, respectively.
- Both sides went 21-for-26 on clear attempts, while the Mammoths finished 1-for-5 on free position shots. The Bobcats went 1-for-7 on free position opportunities.