AMHERST, Mass. – Hitting their stride midway through the opening half, the Mammoths stifled a hot start by the visitors as the No. 11 Amherst College women's lacrosse team cruised past Babson College, 21-10 Wednesday evening at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 9-4 on the season, while Babson falls to 9-5 overall. Amherst returns to the field this Saturday, April 20 when they host No. 22 Bates College at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium on Senior Day. Opening draw is set for 12 p.m.
Hot out of the gate, the visitors tallied four of their 10 goals on the night in the opening 15 minutes to take an early 4-3 lead.
Getting the Beavers on the board at the 26:47 mark, Coco Creedon sent an unassisted score over the goal line before Hannah Fox '20 countered 12 seconds later.
Taking a two-goal edge over the next five minutes, Olivia McCahan found Lexi Lenaghan and Sophia McCann connected with Georgia Salvatore to make it 3-1.
A Salvatore goal at the 17:16 mark gave Babson what stood as the Beavers final advantage of the game as Amherst rattled off a 4-0 run featuring unassisted goals by Annie Cohen '19, Fox (2) and Claire Dunbar '21 to take a lead that they did not relinquish.
A Juliana McGuire score with 11:46 on the clock got the visitors back within two, before the home team outscored the Beavers 8-2 in the final 11 minutes to own a 15-7 lead at intermission.
Noyes kicked off seven unanswered scores by the Mammoths with back-to-back goals at the 10:45 mark before Rebecca Wistreich '21 (2), Sennett (2) and Fox each beat the Babson netminder to set the score at 14-5.
Scoring in the opening half wrapped in the final 3:03, with goals by Babson's Lenaghan and Salvatore sandwiching Wistreich's third goal of the game.
The second half saw the Mammoths double up the Beavers, 6-3, en route to clinching the dominant 21-10 victory.
Netting the first two goals of the half, Dunbar and Leah Ritterband '21 pushed the Amherst lead to 17-7, before McCann sent a free position shot over the goal line.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Talia Land '20 (9-4) made nine stops in 38:33 in the winning effort for Amherst, while Caroline Fischer '22 and Katie Savage '19 combined for two saves in relief. Cricket Fligor (9-5) logged six saves for Babson in the loss.
- The Mammoths owned the edge in draw controls (19-14), shots (34-23) and ground balls (23-14), while both teams finished 2-for-4 on free position shots.
- Fox paced the Mammoths' offense with five goals and a helper, while Maia Noyes '21 and Fox each posted a contest-high seven draw controls. Noyes' three ground balls were a game-high, while three different Mammoths caused two turnovers.