NEW LONDON, Conn. – Netting nine scores in each half and holding the Camels to just one goal in the final 30 minutes, the No. 11 Amherst College women's lacrosse team powered past Connecticut College, 18-6 Tuesday evening at Silfen Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 8-3 on the season and to 4-3 in league play, while Connecticut College falls to 3-9 overall (0-8 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field this Saturday, April 13 when they travel to No. 6 Tufts for a 1 p.m. bout.
Potting the first two goals of the game in the opening five minutes, the Camels jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind scores from Holly Bertschmann and Clara Bisson.
Countering with a 5-0 run, the Mammoths took a lead they would not relinquish. Isabelle Sennett '21 got Amherst on the board at the 24:16 mark off a dish from Maia Noyes '21 before Noyes powered a free position shot past the Camels' keeper to deadlock things at two all.
Teaming up once again with 20:44 on the clock, Noyes found Sennett to give the visitors a 3-2 advantage before Annie Cohen '19 and Sennett recorded back-to-back unassisted goals.
Kate Bermingham halted the Mammoths unanswered run with a free position goal at the 15:54 mark, before Katherine Malone '20 responded with a score off a feed from Becky Kendall '22 less than a minute later. Tacking on another Amherst goal with 8:59 to play before the horn, Kendall capitalized on a free position opportunity to make to 7-3.
The first half closed out with each side adding two more goals to the board, as Hannah Lombard and Catherine Lawrence scored for the Camels and Cohen and Rebecca Wistreich '21 each found nylon for Amherst.
Shutting out Connecticut College until the 3:34 mark, the Mammoths took control in the second half behind nine unanswered goals.
Claire Dunbar '21 sparked the 9-0 run at the 28:15 mark with an unassisted dagger, followed by a free position goal by Hannah Fox '20 and Cohen's third score of the night. Malone increased the Mammoths' lead to 13-5 off a dish from Cohen with 23:20 on the clock.
Registering what stood as the final goal of the battle at the 3:24 mark, Jamie Navoni netted an unassisted score as Amherst clinched the dominant 18-6 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Talia Land (8-3) racked up four saves in 51:13 in the winning effort for Amherst, while Caroline Fischer '22 made one stop in relief. Nina Fazio (3-9) took the loss for Connecticut College, making five stops.
- Sennett and Cohen each had a game-high four goals, while Noyes tied for a game-high with six draw controls. Kate Burns '19 led Amherst in caused turnovers with two.
- The Mammoths owned the edge in draw controls (16-10) and shots (25-18), while the Camels finished with a 14-11 advantage in ground balls. On free position shots, Amherst went 5-for-7, while Connecticut College finished 2-for-5 on free position opportunities.