Head Coach Chris Paradis Captures 300th Win as No. 13 Amherst Downs Westfield State

Head Coach Chris Paradis Captures 300th Win as No. 13 Amherst Downs Westfield State

WESTFIELD, Mass. – Mammoths head coach Chris Paradis captured her 300th career victory Wednesday evening and now ranks 14th all-time in coaching wins across all Divisions as the No. 13 Amherst College women's lacrosse team downed Westfield State, 17-3 at Alumni Field.

With the win, Amherst improves to 6-1 on the season, while Westfield State falls to 2-5 overall. Amherst returns to action this Saturday, March 30 when they travel to No. 5 Middlebury for a 2 p.m. conference clash. 

The Owls tallied two of their three total goals in the contest in the first three minutes, with Sam Donohoe capitalizing on a feed from Sydney Lambert 23 seconds into the battle to get the home team on the board. 

Junior Hannah Fox countered with an unassisted marker with 27:35 on the clock to tie things up, before Alexa Tonelli potted a dish from Elizabeth Navoni 19 seconds later for what stood as Westfield State's final goal of the opening half.

Suffocating the Owls' offense while exploding for nine unanswered scores over the next 25 minutes, the Mammoths owned a comfortable 10-2 lead at intermission.

Kicking off the run at the 24:58 mark, Claire Dunbar '21 recorded back-to-back goals behind a free positon score and an unassisted effort to give Amherst its first lead of the game. Isabelle Sennett '21 tacked on another free position goal, while Fox found Rebecca Wistreich '21 with 17:22 on the clock to push the Mammoths' lead to 5-2.

Hannah Gustafson '21 kept things rolling two minutes later as she powered as pass from Annie Cohen '19 into the nylon before striking again on a free position shot to make it 7-2. 

Logging her third goal of the half with an assist from Maia Noyes '21, Dunbar added another goal to the board, before Fox and Dunbar each notched free position scores in the final five minutes before the break. 

The second half started off the same as the first, with Westfield State first to strike. Undeterred while down a player after a yellow card, Marissa Nimeskern sent a free position shot past the Amherst keeper to net what stood as the Owls' final goal of the matchup. 

Hitting their stride at the 21:46 mark, Wistreich and Lindsey Call '19 sparked a 7-0 run for the Mammoths to close out the game, as both players made the most of free position opportunities to extend Amherst's advantage to 12-3.

Each finding nylon in the final 15 minutes of action, Marina Bevacqua '22 (2), Noyes, Dunbar and Fox capped off the Mammoths' dominant 17-3 victory. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • In between the pipes, Talia Land '20 (6-1) made one save in 44:58 to earn the win for Amherst, while Caroline Fischer '22 and Katie Savage '19 each saw time in relief. Maria Woodall (2-5) took the loss for the Owls, making four saves in the first half, while Sam Simonetty registered seven stops in the final 30 minutes.
  • Dunbar led the Mammoths' offense with five goals and an assist, while Wistreich, Gustafson, Fox and Bevacqua all had multi-goal games. Dunbar and Gustafson led the contest with four ground balls each, while Fox has a game-high five draw controls.
  • The Mammoths owned the advantage in draw controls (13-9), shots (31-7) and ground balls (20-11) and went an impressive 9-for-13 on free position shots, while Westfield State finished 1-for-2 on free position attempts.