GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Mammoths sensational 2018 season came to an end Sunday afternoon at Clark Field, as the sixth-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team fell to third-ranked and defending National Champion Gettysburg College, 13-10 in the NCAA Championship Quarterfinals.
With the loss, Amherst closes out the spring with a 17-3 overall ledger, while Gettysburg advances to the Final Four and improves to 19-2 on the year.
Winning the first five draw controls of the contest and holding the Bullets to just 30 seconds of possession time through the first eight minutes, the Mammoths netted three unanswered scores to jump out to a 3-0 lead.
Getting Amherst on the board 1:12 into the battle, Claire Dunbar '21 dished a pass to Julia Crerend '18 cutting towards net who powered a shot into the top left corner, before Leah Ritterband '21 snuck behind the Bullet's defense and converted on an assist from Maia Noyes '21 1:27 later to doubled the Mammoths' lead.
Hannah Fox '20 extended Amherst's advantage to 3-0 at the 24:53 mark, with the sophomore juking around her defender in a one-on-one matchup and firing a shot past the Gettysburg netminder.
Gettysburg finally broke through with 19:09 on the clock, as Liza Barr sent a bounce shot into the nylon while up a player with an assist from Steph Colson.
Countering with three more markers, the Mammoths made it 6-1 with 13:41 to play before intermission.
Racing around the net in a stellar individual effort play, Dunbar ripped a shot, five-hole as she fell to the turf before potting a dish from Ritterband just over two minutes later.
Fox netted what stood as the visitor's final goal of the first half at the 13:41 mark, capitalizing on a free position opportunity and driving a shot into the top right corner.
Closing out the first half on a 4-0 run, the Bullets cut the Mammoths' lead to one and set the score at 6-5 at the break. Katie Willis and Kerry McKeever notched a goal at the 12:31 and 11:42 marks, respectively, while Lauren Cole and McKeever each potted a goal while up a player in the final minute of the half.
First to strike in the second half, Dunbar found Crerend for the marker with 27:48 on the clock to give Amherst a two-score cushion, before Colson, McKeever and Barr each sent shots over the goal line in the next five minutes to give the Bullets their first lead of the day, 8-7.
Lindsey Call '19 stopped the Gettysburg run at the 21:07 mark, bouncing a free position shot into the netting to even things at eight all, however the Bullets once again responded with three straight goals, as Cole, Willis and Katie Landry each logged a score to put the home team ahead, 11-8.
The Mammoths got back within one with unassisted tallies by Fox and Katherine Malone '20 at the 11:35 and 8:45 marks, respectively, but McKeever's fourth and fifth goals of the tilt for Gettysburg with time winding down proved to be the difference makers as the defending champion Bullets held on for the 13-10 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Talia Land '20 (17-3) made five saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Bailey Pilder (19-2) registered eight stops for Gettysburg in the win.
- Sabrina Solow '19 led the Mammoths with four ground ball pickups, while Fox corralled a game-high eight draw controls.
- Both teams put 18 shots on frame, while the Bullets owned a 14-11 edge in draw controls and a 17-13 advantage in ground balls.
- The Mammoths finished 14-for-16 on clears and 2-for-3 on free position shots, while Gettysburg went 15-for-18 on clear attempts and 2-for-7 on free position opportunities.