No. 12 Women’s Lacrosse Rolls by Williams, 16-7
Issue   |   Tue, 04/23/2013 - 22:30
Megan Robertson '15, Public Affairs Office
Senior captain Marta Randall will be crucial to the Jeffs post-season success. She has 25 goals on the season.

Senior Captain Hilary Densen ’13 led the Amherst Women’s Lacrosse team to its third straight victory on Saturday with four goals and six assists in the Jeffs’ 16-7 win over archrival Williams.

The Jeffs’ earned their second consecutive win last Tuesday with a decisive victory over non-conference opponent Skidmore, downing the Thoroughbreds 17-5. No. 12 Amherst is now 9-4 on the season and 5-4 in NESCAC play.

Six different players scored in Saturday’s game as the Jeffs cruised to victory over Williams on Senior Day.

Krista Zsitvay ’14 opened the scoring for Amherst just two minutes into the first half with help from classmate Alex Philie ’14, who then added her own goal three minutes later for a 2-0 lead.

Williams responded quickly, however, as junior Rebecca McGovern passed up a free position shot and found teammate Rebecca Bell ’15 to pull within one.

Amherst added its third goal with 15:59 left to play as Densen carried the ball behind the net and sent a pass to fellow captain Marta Randall ’13, who buried it for her first score of the game.

The Ephs responded less than a minute later to make it 3-2, but Philie and Zsitvay quickly added goals with help from Densen to stretch the lead to three, and Randall’s second goal of the game at the seven-minute mark gave the Jeffs a comfortable four-goal advantage.

Williams fired back just 14 seconds after winning the draw to cut the deficit to three, but Zsitvay responded after a thrilling run up the middle to make it 7-3. Densen then followed with her first tally of the game to give the Jeffs a five-goal cushion.

Hoping to stay within striking distance, the Ephs took advantage of a free-position shot with 25 seconds left to make it 8-4 heading into the break.

The Jeffs maintained momentum to start the second half, netting the first three goals of the period. Densen had a hand in all three tallies, assisting Philie just 43 seconds into the period before notching back-to-back goals of her own.

Elizabeth Ryan ’13 ended the Amherst run with a free-position goal at 18:23, but Densen kept up the offensive pressure with an assist on sophomore Meghan Mills’ goal at 15:56 and her fourth tally of the day at the nine-minute mark.

Zsitvay added her fourth and final goal just three minutes later with help from Philie, but Williams answered with a goal from McGovern to break up the Amherst attack. With just over a minute left to play, Philie dodged her defender and took it straight to net to make it 15-6.

The Ephs took control of the ensuing draw and capitalized with a goal 15 seconds later, but Philie added the finishing touch for Amherst with just three seconds left on the clock and the Jeffs walked away with the 16-7 victory.

Densen’s four goals and six helpers led the way for Amherst, who held a 23-18 advantage in shots. Philie recorded five goals and two assists on the afternoon, while Zsitvay netted four and Randall followed with two goals and one assist on a successful Senior Day.

Teamwork was the key word for the Jeffs last week as eight different players scored in Amherst’s 17-5 victory over Skidmore.

Priscilla Tyler ’15 and Mills headlined the team’s highest-scoring game with three scores apiece, while Densen, Randall, Zsitvay, Philie and Elizabeth Ludlow ’14 each recorded a pair of goals.

Amherst controlled from the start with Ludlow netting the game’s first score just 12 seconds after the opening draw.

After scooping up an offensive rebound, Densen fed the ball to Zsitvay for the Jeffs’ second goal before Philie extended the margin to three just 58 seconds later.

Randall made it 4-0 at the 17:58 mark, but Skidmore finally got on the board a minute later after freshman Emma Harris finished off a long run up the left side. Tyler quickly responded with a wraparound goal from behind the left post before assisting on Philie’s second score of the game at 11:06. Down by five with 10 minutes left in the half, Skidmore’s Robin Fetterolf found Spencer Morgan cutting to the cage for the team’s second goal.

Caroline Holliday ’14 answered with a bounce shot that flew right past the Skidmore keeper, sparking a four-goal run for the Jeffs.

Ludlow ripped a hard shot to the upper left corner 30 seconds after Holliday’s score, and Mills quickly followed suit with a goal from right outside the crease.

Zsitvay kept up the pressure with her second tally of the game at 5:38, but Skidmore halted the streak at four to make it a 10-3 game with just under four minutes remaining in the half.

Amherst had the last word, however, as Tyler stretched the lead to eight with an unassisted goal at the one-minute mark. Holding a 23-9 shot advantage in the first half, the Jeffs headed into halftime ahead, 11-3.

Densen kept the ball rolling in the second half with a goal at 24:19. The second-leading scorer was assisted by Mills, who added her own goal less than five minutes later to give the Jeffs a 10-goal lead.

Skidmore managed back-to-back goals 10 seconds apart to cut the lead to eight, but another four-goal run would solidify the Amherst victory. Tyler, Mills, Densen and Randall rounded out the scoring in the final 12 minutes as the Jeffs came out on top, 17-6.

Freshman goalkeeper Katelyn Salerno made three saves during her 30 minutes in net, while classmate Christy Forrest ’16 stopped five in the second half.

Amherst will play its final regular season game tonight against No. 1 ranked Trinity College before the NESCAC Championship Tournament begins on Saturday.

The opening draw is set for 7 p.m. on Gooding Field.