Late Surge Pushes No. 11 Amherst Past No. 16 Trinity in Regular Season Finale

Late Surge Pushes No. 11 Amherst Past No. 16 Trinity in Regular Season Finale

AMHERST, Mass. – Down a goal with 13:44 remaining, the Mammoths shut out the Bantams down the stretch while adding four goals to the board as the No. 11 Amherst College women's lacrosse team edged No. 16 Trinity College, 10-7 in their regular season finale Wednesday evening at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.

With the win, Amherst improves to 11-4 on the season and to 6-4 in league play, while Trinity falls to 9-6 overall (4-6 NESCAC). Capturing the No. 4 seed in the conference, Amherst returns to action this Saturday, April 27 when they host No. 5 Bowdoin at 12 p.m. in a NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal matchup.

First to strike, Becky Kendall '22 got the Mammoths on the board 1:02 into the contest as Claire Dunbar '21 hit the first-year on the near post for the score.

Making it a 2-0 game two minutes later, Hannah Gustafson '21 powered a free positon shot past the Bantams' keeper, before Marcella Flibotte potted a feed from Christine Taylor at the 24:29 mark to get the visitors on the board. 

Retaking a two-goal edge with 18:53 on the clock, Kendall tallied her second goal of the half with an assist from Katherine Malone '20.

Back-to-back goals by Trinity's Marcella Flibotte deadlocked the battle at three all, before the Bantams' grabbed their first lead of the day behind a Taylor score to close out the 3-0 run.

Netting the final two goals in 4:10 before the buzzer, Amherst owned a 5-4 lead at intermission.

Tying things at four all, Noyes teamed up with Gustafson with one second remaining on the shot clock, before Hannah Fox '20 powered a dish from Dunbar over the goal line at the 3:49 mark. 

Capitalizing on an Amherst yellow card 5:25 into the second half, Taylor sent a pass from Kendall Milligan into the nylon, before Gustafson countered with her second free position goal of the game less than three minutes later. 

Retaking what stood as their final lead of the night over the next seven minutes, Flibotte potted her fourth goal of the contest to pull the game into a 6-6 tie before Mary French beat the Mammoths' netminder with an assist from Sophie Berger. 

Shutting out Trinity in the final 11:57, Amherst kept the visitors scoreless while adding four scores to the board to claim the big 10-7 victory. 

Once again beating the shot clock, Rebecca Wistreich '21 connected with Kendall with five seconds before the horn, before Wistreich found the back of the net off a dish from Isabelle Sennett '21 at the 10:21 mark to give the home team a lead they did not relinquish.

Adding some breathing room less than a minute later, Gustafson made the most of a woman-up free positon shot to make it 9-7, while Dunbar netted the final insurance dagger for Amherst with 15 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Mammoths to the 10-7 victory.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • In between the pipes, Talia Land '20 (11-4) registered six saves in the winning effort for Amherst. Addison Newsome made three stops for Trinity in the first half, while Gabriella Young (8-5) took the loss for the Bantams, making four saves.
  • Kendall and Gustafson tallied three goals each to lead the Mammoths' attack, while Noyes notched a game-high five draw controls and four caused turnovers.
  • Amherst owned the advantage in draw controls (14-5), shots (22-18) and ground balls (18-17) and finished a perfect 3-for-3 of free position shots, while Trinity went 0-for-3 on free position opportunities.