AMHERST, Mass. – Capturing the second-seed in the 2018 NESCAC Championship tournament, the Amherst College women's lacrosse team is set to host No. 7 seed Colby College in a Quarterfinal matchup this Saturday, April 28 at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium. Opening draw is set for 12 p.m.
SETTING THE SCENE
Facing off in the 2018 season opener on March 3 at Bill Alfond Field, the Mammoths edged Colby, 13-12 behind the strength of a second half rally. Amherst tallied five goals in the first half and eight scores in the second in the win, while the Mules recorded six markers in each of the two halves.
Amherst hits the field looking to return to the NESCAC Semifinals for the first time since 2016, while Colby will aim to defend their league title after earning the program's third-ever crown last season. Saturday's contest will be the first matchup between the Mammoths and the Mules in the conference tournament since 2013, when then-No. 4 seed Colby defeated then-No. 5 seed Amherst, 11-3.
No. 2 Seed (14-1 overall, 9-1 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats
Securing the second seed for the eighth time in program history, and first time since 2014, Amherst is set to host a quarterfinal clash for the third time in five years. Pursuing the program's first NESCAC title, the Mammoths enter the weekend 18-17 overall in tournament play.
- Leading the Mammoths offense, Julia Crerend '18 ranks fifth in the league in goals with 45 and has added nine assists to sit fourth overall in the NESCAC in points with 54. First-year trio Claire Dunbar (24-22-46), Maia Noyes (23-21-44) and Isabelle Sennett (22-11-33) join Crerend as a force to be reckoned with up front, with all three eclipsing the 20-goal mark this spring, while Katherine Malone '20 has netted 21 goals and dished out four helpers in a breakout sophomore season.
- Sabrina Solow '19 headlines the conference's top defense, racking up 40 ground balls and forcing 32 turnovers (second in the league) to help limit the Mammoths to allowing just 6.36 goals per game.
- In between the pipes, Talia Land '20 has started all 15 games for Amherst, racking up 89 saves in 845:28 minutes to post the NESCAC's second-best goals against average (6.74) and fourth highest save percentage (48.4%).
No. 7 Seed (9-6 overall, 4-6 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats
Colby, the defending NESCAC Champion, earned a spot in the conference tournament following an 8-7 overtime win over Bates in their regular season finale to take the seventh seed. Appearing in all 17 NESCAC Championship fields, the Mules own a 20-14 all-time post season record.
- Third in the league in goals with 49, Sasha Fritts leads the Mules offense with 52 points on the year, while Kendall Smith and Emma Banks have netted 34 and 23 goals, respectively, as the two other Mules to eclipse the 20-goal mark.
- Midfielder Melinda Edie has picked up 35 ground balls and caused 24 turnovers to lead Colby in both categories, while Maddie Hatch had totaled a team-high 33 draw controls this spring.
- Starting 13 contests for Colby, Izzy Scribano has seen the majority of minutes in net for the Mules, making 83 stops in 662:27 minutes to boast a 9.33 GAA and save percentage of 44.6%.
BY THE NUMBERS
|No. 2 Amherst||No. 7 Colby|
|Shots on Goal %||77.9%||80.3%|
|Free Position %||42.4%||39.1%|
2018 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, April 28
No. 8 Hamilton at No. 1 Middlebury - 12 p.m.
No. 7 Colby at No. 2 Amherst - 12 p.m.
No. 6 Trinity at No. 3 Tufts - 12 p.m.
No. 5 Wesleyan at No. 4 Bowdoin - 12 p.m.