AMHERST, Mass. – An explosive seven-goal first half by the Mammoths lead the home team to their fourth straight win and third consecutive over a ranked opponent, as the No. 13 Amherst College women's lacrosse team upset No. 11 TCNJ, 11-6 Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 4-1 on the season, while TCNJ falls to 4-2 overall. Amherst returns to action next Sunday, March 24 when they host Hamilton beginning at 12 p.m.
Hot out of the gate, the Mammoths needed just 37 seconds to get on the board as Claire Dunbar '21 found Katherine Malone '20 in front for the score to kick off a 5-0 run. Doubling the home team's edge 59 seconds later, Dunbar powered an unassisted tally into the nylon before Maia Noyes '21 teamed up with Annie Cohen at the 25:12 mark.
Keeping their foot on the gas, Amherst senior Lindsey Call potted her third goal of the season less than a minute later as she juked around a defender in an impressive individual effort play before Noyes notched her second of the day off a dish from Dunbar with 16:23 on the clock.
Breaking through at the 15:06 mark, Erin Harvey weaved through traffic and sent a laser into the bottom right corner to get the Lions on the board.
Countering with back-to-back goals, Leah Ritterband '21 and Becky Kendall '22 each beat the TCNJ netminder to push the score to 7-1 before Olivia Cleale potted an unassisted marker with 36 seconds remaining in the first half to make it 7-2 at intermission.
Looking to close the gap, TCNJ opened the second half with a 4-1 run to cut the Lions' deficit to 8-6, with the Lions' Harvey and the Mammoths' Cohen trading free position goals in the first three minutes.
An Alex Fitzpatrick unassisted goal set the score at 8-4, before back-to-back Kasey Donoghue free position scores at the 23:14 and 14:32 mark got TCNJ within two.
That was a close as the visitors got to evening things late, as Amherst shut out the Lions in the final 14 minutes while adding three scores to the board to clinch the 11-6 victory.
Kendall sparked the momentum change with 13:39 on the clock as she teamed up with Hannah Fox '20 on a fast break to power a shot into the nylon before Dunbar logged her fourth point of the game with a laser into the top right corner at the 5:35 mark.
Kendall potted the final dagger in the Mammoths in the 11-6 victory, as she drove an assist from Malone past the Lions keeper with 40 seconds remaining.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Talia Land '20 (4-1) racked up 12 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Miranda Chrone (4-2) made nine stops for TCNJ in the loss.
- Kendall led all players with three goals on the day, while Land paced the home team with four ground ball pickups. Noyes' three draw controls was a team-high, while seven different Mammoths each forced a turnover.
- The Lions owned the advantage in draw controls, 10-9, while the Mammoths held the edge in ground balls, 18-14. Both sides totaled 23 shots apiece.
- On free positon opportunities, Amherst finished a perfect 1-for-1, while TCNJ went 3-for-5.