NCAA Preview: No. 12 Women's Lacrosse to Host CMS in Second Round Action

NCAA Preview: No. 12 Women's Lacrosse to Host CMS in Second Round Action



AMHERST, Mass. – Earning an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship and a First Round bye, the Amherst College women's lacrosse team is set to host Claremont Mudd Scripps in Second Round action this Sunday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.

Sunday's game will mark the first meeting between the sides since March 17, 2017, when Amherst fell to the Athenas, 5-4 at home. The winner of the Second Round contest will advance to play either Mount Union or the winner of an opening round match-up between Catholic and Albion on the weekend of May 18-19.

1:00 p.m. – Amherst vs. CMS – Webcast / Live Stats


  • Amherst secured an at-large bid to the national postseason and First Round bye after falling to No. 3 Middlebury, 11-5 in the NESCAC Semifinals on May 4.
  • CMS punched their ticket to the NCAA Championship after clinching their third straight SCIAC title with a 15-3 victory over Pomona-Pitzer on May 4. The victory was enough to get the Athenas an at-large bid to the national show.

(12-5 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
Returning to the NCAA Championships for the second straight season, and 14th time overall, the Mammoths enter Second Round play with a 25-12 all-time record in the national postseason.

  • Claire Dunbar '21 leads the Mammoths' in all three major offensive statistical categories – logging 34 goals and 29 helpers for 63 total points. Fellow sophomores Isabelle Sennett and Maia Noyes join Dunbar as a force to be reckoned with up front, with Sennett notching 32 goals and nine assists and Noyes dishing out 21 helpers to go along with 21 scores. Hannah Fox '20, Becky Kendall '22, Hannah Gustafson '21 and Leah Ritterband '21 have also eclipsed the 20-point mark for Amherst this season.
  • Noyes (64), Gustafson (50) and Fox (47) lead the Mammoths in draw controls, while junior keeper Talia Land's 39 ground balls are a team-high. On the defensive side of the ball, Noyes has caused a squad-leading 26 turnovers, while Sabrina Solow '19 is close behind with 25 CT's.
  • Starting every game in net this spring, Land (12-5) has seen the majority of minutes for the Mammoths, racking up 143 saves in 950:15 to own an 8.71 GAA and a 50.9 save percentage.

(16-2 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
CMS earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the third straight season and will travel cross-country to take on the Mammoths after posting a 16-2 mark on the year. CMS played one game against a NESCAC opponent this year, falling 14-13 to Williams when the Ephs scored four times in the final three minutes to come back with a late rally. 

  • With team-high 70 goals and 84 points Corie Hack headlines the CMS attack, while Sally Abel ranks second on the team with 59 points behind 50 goals and seven helpers. Alex Futterman (35G, 17A, 52P) is the final Athena that has eclipsed the 50-point mark this season, while Allie Hill has proved to be a playmaker with a team-leading 34 assists.
  • Hill's 48 draw controls are a CMS high, while Hack and Kira Weiss lead the team in ground balls with 49 each. Weiss and Zoe Ryan lead the CMS defense with 36 and 30 caused turnovers, respectively.
  • Anna Gillespie (6-1) and Emma Goldfield (7-1) have split time in net for the Athenas, with Gillespie racking up 53 saves in 459:37 minutes to own a 5.35 GAA and 56.4 save percentage and Goldfield making 65 stops in 491:12 to boast a 8.06 GAA and a 49.6 save percentage. Nicole Greenberg (3-0) has started three contests, making 18 stops and owning a 72.0 save percentage. 


   No. 12 Amherst     CMS
 Games / Record 17 /  12-5   18 / 16-2 
 Goals 211     289
 Goals/Game  12.41    16.06
 Assists 104     147
 Shots Per Game 27.29    35.44 
 Shots on Goal % 77.2    79.0 
 Shooting % 45.5    45.3 
 Ground Balls 293     494
 Draw Controls / Per GM   205 / 12.06    221 / 12.28
 Caused Turnovers   188    272
 Turnovers 277     344
 Clears  274-324    341-420
 Free Position % 56.0 (51-91)    36.6 (45-123)
 Goals Against Avg.  8.35     6.33