AMHERST, Mass. – A shut down defensive effort that saw the Mammoths log 26 caused turnovers highlighted the home team's victory on Senior Day, as the No. 11 Amherst College women's lacrosse team downed No. 22 Bates College, 13-4 Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 10-4 on the season and to 5-4 in league play, while Bates drops to 8-6 overall (4-5 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field this Wednesday, April 24 when they host No. 12 Trinity in their regular season finale at 6 p.m.
First on the board, the Bobcats took their first and only lead of the game at the 27:11 mark as Margaret Smith powered a free position shot over the goal line.
Responding less than a minute later, Leah Ritterband '21 sent a free position shot past the Bates' keeper to kick off a 4-0 run for the Mammoths.
Putting Amherst on top with 25:27 on the clock, Ritterband dished a pass to Maia Noyes '21 for the score before Rebecca Wistreich '21 teamed up with Isabelle Sennett '21 and Claire Dunbar '21 notched the home team's second free position goal of the day.
A Katie Allard goal off a dish from Smith brought the Bobcats back within two, before Amherst closed out the first half with a 3-1 run to own a 7-3 edge at intermission.
Strong defensive play was on display by Amherst in the second half, as the Mammoths outscored the visitors 6-1 to clinch the 13-4 victory.
Kendall tallied her second of the contest and first of three in the half at the 28:41 mark, before Smith picked up her third point for the Bobcats with an unassisted goal with 25:42 on the clock.
That goal stood as the Bobcats' last score of the matchup as Amherst closed out Senior Day with a dominant 5-0 run in the final 23:23.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Talia Land '20 (10-4) made four saves in 46:49 in the winning effort for Amherst, while Katie Savage '19 entered in the final 13:11 in relief. Eliza Statile (6-5) took the loss for Bates, logging nine stops.
- Amherst owned the edge in shots (30-13) and ground balls (26-16) and finished 3-for-7 on free position shots, while the Bobcats held a 12-7 advantage in draw controls and went 1-for-1 free position opportunities
- Kendall led the Mammoths' attack with four goals, while Sabrina Solow '19 and Katherine Malone '20 each caused four turnovers.
- Today's game marked Senior Day for the Mammoths who will graduate six seniors following the 2019 season, including: goalkeeper Katie Savage, defender and captain Sabrina Solow, attackwoman and captain Kaitlyn Haase, defender Kate Burns, midfielder Lindsey Call and attackwoman Annie Cohen. As a class, this year's seniors have compiled an overall mark of 46-21 to own a .682 winning percentage, with a 24-15 NESCAC record and a 24-7 ledger at home. During that time, the Mammoths have outscored opponents 732 to 492, ranked 20th in the nation in scoring defense (2018 – 7.30), qualified for three consecutive NESCAC Championship tournaments and advanced to two NCAA Championships, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2018!