April 10, 2012

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Amherst Scores First Six, Beats Conn. College

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. – The 11th-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team scored the first six goals and never let its lead slip away during Tuesday night’s 12-5 win over Connecticut College at Gooding Field.

Amherst (7-3, 4-3 NESCAC) has now won 14 consecutive games against the Camels, who dropped to 4-7 overall and 1-6 in conference play. 

Marta Randall ’13 recorded a hat trick as one of four Amherst players with multiple goals on the night, while Lowell Abbott scored twice and added an assist as the only Camel with more than one point. Lamia Harik ’12 made five saves in the win, with Kelsey Burke stopping seven shots for the visitors. 

Claire Bennett ’12 picked up three ground balls and caused five turnovers to lead an Amherst defense that held the Camels scoreless for the first 18:01 and the final 14:29. The Lord Jeffs finished with a 26-17 advantage in shots, including a 16-6 edge in the opening half. 

Amherst built a 6-0 lead in the first 14:26 of the game, with Allie Horwitz ’12 accounting for two of those goals and Elizabeth Ludlow ’14 capping off the run on a beautiful spin move for an unassisted tally. The Camels got on the board at 11:58 when they capitalized on an Amherst turnover, as Abbott assisted Ashley Crutchfield on a quick counterattack. 

The Jeffs responded 22 seconds later when Horwitz held the ball and patiently waited behind the net for Meghan Mills ’15, who came crashing in and finished off a nice pass to make it a 7-1 game. Abbott would get one back when she scored on a free-position attempt at 8:25, giving the hosts a 7-2 lead at the break. 

The Camels were able to cut their deficit to four goals on three occasions in the second half, with Abbott, Bri Miller and Katelyn Driscoll scoring during a 10:26 span. Neither team put together back-to-back goals in the period until Amherst broke a 9-5 game open, as Randall, Caroline Holliday ’14 and Alex Philie ’14 scored down the stretch to give the Jeffs breathing room.

Ludlow, Horwitz and Philie each scored twice for the Jeffs, while Wyatt Davis ’13 had a goal and two assists. Randall's hat trick was her fifth of the season, giving her a team-high 25 goals on the year. 

The Lord Jeffs will return to action this Saturday when they host Tufts University at noon. The Camels will travel to take on Eastern Connecticut State on Thursday.


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