MEDFORD, Mass. – The Jumbos pulled away late in a tightly contested battle on top-15 teams, as the No. 11 Amherst College women's lacrosse team fell to No. 6 Tufts University, 14-12 Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 8-4 on the season and to 4-4 in league play, while Tufts improves to 12-0 overall (7-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field this Wednesday, April 17 when they kick off a three-game home stand with a 6 p.m. non-conference clash against Babson.
The Jumbos netted the first four goals of the game to jump out to an early lead, with Annie Sullivan, Dakota Adamec and Maria Dattolo potting unassisted daggers and Maddie Norman teaming up with Emily Games at the 26:50 mark.
Countering with a 4-0 run of their own to deadlock the sides, Claire Dunbar '21 got things rolling for the Mammoths with 21:39 on the clock as she sent a woman-up, unassisted tally into the nylon. Cutting the visitors deficit to 4-2 four minutes later, Leah Ritterband '21 converted on a free position attempt before Hannah Fox '20 and Dunbar dished out assists to Becky Kendall '22 and Maia Noyes '21.
The Jumbos sandwiched a score from Annie Cohen '19 in the final 13:07 to own a one-goal, 6-5 lead at intermission, with Sullivan and Games each beating the Amherst netminder.
Going tit-for-tat to start the second half, both sides tallied five goals in the opening 21 minutes to push the score to 11-10 in favor of the Jumbos.
Adamec, Mae Briody, Catherine Lawliss (2) and Games were the goal scorers for Tufts, while Dunbar (2), Katherine Malone '20, Noyes (woman-up) and Isabelle Sennett '21 recorded markers for the Mammoths.
Pulling away down the stretch, the home team edged the Mammoths 3-2 in the final 8:12 to hold on for the 14-12 victory.
Evening the matchup at 11 all, Ritterband logged an unassisted score, before Norman and Games (2) notch three straight markers to give the Jumbos a three-goal lead.
Down a player with 52 seconds remaining, Sennett found nylon to get Amherst back within striking distance, however Tufts was able to fend off a late comeback bid to earn the W.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Talia Land '20 (8-4) registered 13 saves for Amherst in the losing effort. Molly Laliberty (4-0) earned the win for Tufts, making five stops in the 30 minutes, while Audrey Evers logged five saves in relief.
- Dunbar headlined the Mammoths' attack with three goals and two helpers. Sabrina Solow '19 and Hannah Gustafson '21 each posted a game-high four ground ball pickups, while Noyes' five draw controls were also a contest-high.
- Both sides posted 14 draw controls, while Amherst owned the edge in shots, 36-30, and Tufts held the advantage in ground balls, 13-12. The Mammoths finished 2-for-5 on free position shots, while Tufts went 3-for-8 on free position opportunities.