HARTFORD, Conn. – Tied at 8-8 with 6:48 remaining, the Mammoths netted two big scores with time winding down as the second-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team edged No. 11 Trinity College, 10-9 Wednesday evening at Jessee/Miller Field.
With the win, Amherst wraps up the regular season with a 14-1 overall ledger and a 9-1 mark in league play, while Trinity falls to 10-5 on the year (6-4 NESCAC). Capturing the No. 2 seed in the 2018 NESCAC Championship tournament, Amherst returns to action on Saturday, April 28 when they host No. 7 Colby at 12 p.m. in a Quarterfinal matchup.
Potting the first two goals of the battle, Julia Crerend '18 powered a free position shot into the nylon at the 22:15 mark before Maia Noyes '21 capitalized on a Trinity yellow card and converted on a feed from Isabelle Sennett '21 with 18:16 on the clock to give the Mammoths a 2-0 lead.
Responding kind, Abby McInerney netted an unassisted tally and Kiley Coffey powered a free position attempt over the goal line to even the game at two all midway through the opening half.
Trading scores in the final 13:18 before intermission, Sennett logged her second assist of the day on a dish to Katherine Malone '20 and Kelly Karczewski '18 notched an unassisted marker to sandwich a goal by Trinity's Abby McInerney before Mary French recorded a score for the Bantams and Sennett added a goal for Amherst to make it 5-4 in favor of the visitors at the break.
A back-and-forth second half saw both teams' net five goals apiece as the Mammoths held on for the 10-9 win.
Allie Barrett needed just 56 seconds to post the first goal of the second half, as she secured a player-up score to deadlock the tilt at 5-5 before Amherst retook the lead behind an unassisted tally by Claire Dunbar '21 with 25:25 on the clock.
Making the most of a Mammoth yellow card, Coffey evened things once again at the 24:05 mark, however Malone countered with a score while down a player with an assist from Dunbar before Mary Grace Cronin '18 beat the Bantam goalkeeper at the 14:04 mark to give Amherst a two-goal cushion.
Clawing back into the game, Sophia Wilder sent a pass to Grace O'Donnell for the score at the 11:09 mark the before Coffey registered her third goal of the night to tie things at 8-8 with 6:48 remaining in regulation.
The next two scores belong to the Mammoths, with Crerend potting an unassisted score at the 6:10 mark and Dunbar netting what stood as the difference maker on a free position opportunity with 1:21 to play.
McInerney logged the final goal of the contest, sending shot into the nylon with 47 seconds remaining to make things interesting down the stretch, however the Amherst defense was able to force a turnover in the final seconds as the Mammoths held on for the one-goal win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Talia Land '20 (14-1) racked up seven saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Zoe Ferguson (9-5) made 11 stops in the loss for Trinity.
- Sabrina Solow '19 led the contest in both caused turnovers (4) and ground balls (5), while Karczewski posted a Mammoths-high three draw controls.
- Amherst owned a 21-16 edge in shots on target and a 17-11 advantage in ground balls, while the Bantams led in draw controls, 14-7.
- The Mammoths finished a perfect 7-for-7 on clears and went 1-for-8 on free position shots, while Trinity went 7-for-12 on clear opportunities and 2-for-4 on free position attempts.