AMHERST, Mass. – A 7-5 edge in the first half proved to be the difference maker for the Mammoths as the No. 11 Amherst College women's lacrosse team edged archrival Williams College, 15-13 Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 7-3 on the season and to 3-3 in league play, while Williams falls to 5-5 overall (1-5 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field on Tuesday, April 9 when they travel to Connecticut College for a 6 p.m. conference bout.
Tallying the two lone goals of the opening 10 minutes of action, the Ephs jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Kara Wollmers connected with Sophia Millay for the score before finding the back of the net herself two minutes later off a feed from Emma TenBarge.
Getting the Mammoths on the board at the 19:47 mark, Becky Kendall '22 netted her first of three goals on the day, burying a dish from Annie Cohen '19 into the top left corner before teaming up with Hannah Gustafson '21 for another marker with 16:40 on the clock to even things at two all.
Retaking a two-goal edge, Meghan Halloran converted on a free position shot midway through the half, while Wollmers made it 4-2 with a score at the 12:10 mark.
Responding with a 3-0 run to take their first lead of the contest, Isabelle Sennett '21 and Rebecca Wistreich '21 each found nylon on free position opportunities, before Claire Dunbar '21 powered an unassisted score over the goal line with 8:18 on the clock to make it 5-4 in favor of Amherst.
A Claire Fitzpatrick goal at with 7:40 remaining before intermission brought the sides back into a deadlock, however scores by Katherine Malone '20 (player-up) and Wistreich in the final 3:43 gave the home team a 7-5 lead at halftime.
A tightly contested second half saw the teams pot eight goals apiece en route to the Mammoths claiming the 15-13 victory.
Countering with a 3-0 run, goals by Fitzpatrick and Wollmers (2) in a 3:30 span locked the archrivals in an 8-8 stalemate.
The Mammoths looked to break away from the visitors over the next 10 minutes, outscoring the Ephs 5-1 to make it 13-9 with 14:51 to play. Claire Dunbar (2), Fox, Noyes and Sennett were the goal scorers for Amherst in the run, while Millay had the goal for Williams.
Undeterred, Williams looked to battle back into contention with time winding down, doubling up the Mammoths 4-2 down the stretch, however their push was not enough as Amherst held on for the win.
TenBarge, Halloran and Fitzpatrick (2) were the goal scorers for the Ephs in the final 13:12, while Noyes and Kendall tallied markers for Amherst.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Talia Land (7-3) recorded six saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Kami Cisneros (5-5) made 11 stops for Williams in the loss.
- Dunbar and Kendall headlined the Amherst offense with three goals each, white Kat Krieg '20 led the game with four ground ball pickups.
- The Mammoths owned the edge in shots (32-23) and ground balls (21-14), while both sides logged 14 draw controls.
- On free position shots, Amherst went 4-for-5, while Williams finished 3-for-6.