CLINTON, N.Y. – Shutting out the Continentals through the first 37:06, Talia Land '20 racked up seven stops and seven different Mammoths found the back of the net as the No. 9 Amherst College women's lacrosse team powered past Hamilton College, 11-2, in their 2020 season opener Sunday afternoon at Withiam Field.
The victory also marked career milestones for Land and Maia Noyes '21, with Land picking up her 300th career save and Noyes registering her 100th career point.
With the win, Amherst starts its season with a 1-0 overall ledger and a 1-0 mark in league play, while Hamilton begins its 2020 campaign at 0-1 (0-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, Match 4 when they travel to Springfield College for a 6:00PM non-conference clash.
Tallying the first goal of the spring 3:18 into the battle, junior Isabelle Sennett converted on the Mammoths first free position opportunity of 2020 to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead.
Doubling Amherst's edge at the 23:06 mark, Noyes drove a unassisted score into the nylon before finding the back of the net once again 10 minutes later with another unassisted effort to make it a 3-0 game.
Closing out the first half shut out with two more markers in the final 5:10 to set the score at 5-0 at intermission, Hannah Gustafson '21 potted her first goal of the year for Amherst before Katherine Malone '20 teamed up with Leah Ritterband '21 with 4:00 on the clock.
Continuing their dominance in the second half, Noyes picked up the hat trick with an assist from Sennett at the 22:54 mark before first-year Sydney Larsen recorded her first collegiate goal with 21:24 on the clock to put the Mammoths ahead, 7-0.
Skyler Simson halted Amherst's uninterrupted run with 20:47 remaining in regulation, with Simson potting a dish from Olivia Seymour to get the Continentals on the board.
Countering three minutes later, Becky Kendall '22 once again put the visitors up by seven with an unassisted goal.
Up a player following a Mammoths' yellow card, Lauren Hamilton tallied the Continentals second and what stood as their final goal of the game, before Amherst closed out the 11-2 victory with scores from Malone, Sennett and Fiona Jones '23 in the final 8:32. Jones's tally on a free position chance marked her first goal donning the Purple & White.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Land (1-0) earned the win for the Mammoths in frame, racking up seven stops, while Maeve Luparello (0-1) registered seven saves for Hamilton in the losing effort.
- Amherst owned the advantage in the majority of statistical categories, edging the Continentals in draw controls (8-7), shots (35-22), shots on goal (18-9) and ground balls (19-16) while going 20-for-21 on clears and 2-for-5 on free position shots, while the home team finished 14-of-19 on clear attempts and 0-for-2 on free position opportunities.
- Sophie Cote led the Continentals on the defensive side of the ball, causing a team-high two turnovers, while Sarah Moore led the contest in draw controls with four.
- Noyes led all players with three caused turnovers and added a ground ball and draw control, while Larsen forced two turnovers in a solid rookie debut for the Mammoths.