AMHERST, Mass. – A strong opening half by the Mammoths and a six-goal day by sophomore Isabelle Sennett kept the home team in the win column, as the No. 12 Amherst College women's lacrosse team edged Hamilton College, 13-10 Sunday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-1 on the season and to 2-1 in league play, while Hamilton falls to 2-3 overall (1-3 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field on Wednesday, March 27 when they travel to Westfield State for a 6 p.m. non-conference clash.
Outscoring the Continentals 9-3 in the first-half, the Mammoths put together a 4-0 run out of the gate to take a lead they never relinquished.
A Kara Pooley score at the 18:21 mark halted the Mammoths' unanswered run, however that goal was quickly countered by Sennett with an assist from Fox to set the score at 5-1.
Potting back-to-back goals, Sarah Moore and Courtney Pierre each beat the Amherst netminder to get the visitors back within two, before the Mammoths closed out the first half the same way they opened it – with a 4-0 unanswered run.
Sennett added another goal to the board at the 9:02 mark before Dunbar found Fox for the score just over a minute later. Dunbar finished off the first with back-to-back unassisted scores, as the Mammoths owned a 9-3 advantage at intermission.
The sides traded scores to begin the second half, with goals by the Continentals' Tatiana Bradley and Charlotte Wynn sandwiching scores by Sennett.
Teaming up with Fox, first-year Becky Kendall made it a 12-5 game with 18:08 remaining, before Hamilton hit their stride offensively and outscored the home team 5-1 down the stretch in a bid to make things interesting late.
Moore kicked off the run with an unassisted tally with 14:41 on the clock before Pierre found Skyler Simson for the score 1:33 later.
Sennett countered with her sixth goal of the game and what stood as the Mammoths final score of the contest to set the scoreboard at 13-7 with 12:28 to play.
Goals by Honor Gabriel (2) and Wynn got the visitors within three with 5:20 to play, however a clutch stop by Talia Land '20 with 3:14 to go stifled the Continentals' momentum as Amherst held on for the 13-10 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With two ground balls on the day, senior captain Sabrina Solow recorded her 100th career ground ball pickup for the Mammoths.
- In between the pipes, Land (5-1) registered 12 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Hannah Burrall (2-3) made eight stops for Hamilton in the loss.
- Sennett and Dunbar led the Mammoths offense with six and four goals, respectively, while Maia Noyes '21 and Kat Krieg '19 each posted a game-high four ground ball pickups. Gustafson led all players with seven draw controls, while Kelly Siebert '20 had a sensational day on defense with three caused turnovers.
- Three different Hamilton players tallied two goals, while Hannah Burrall led the visitors with three ground balls. Wynn posted a team-high four draw controls.
- Amherst owned the edge in draw controls (16-9), shots (26-24) and ground balls (14-13) and finished 2-for-3 on free position shots, while the Continentals went 1-for-3 on free positon opportunities.