Women’s Lacrosse Narrowly Topples No. 9 Colby in Season Opening Win
Issue   |   Tue, 03/06/2018 - 20:58
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Attacker Julia Crerend ’18 led Amherst’s offense, scoring two crucial goals in the Mammoth’s win over Colby and tallying three goals against Keene State.

The Amherst women’s lacrosse team kicked off its 2018 season with a huge wins over NESCAC rival Colby on Saturday and Keene State University on Tuesday. The previously unranked Mammoths upset the No. 9 Mules 13-12 after scoring eight goals in the second half.

The game was competitive from the first whistle, as neither team was able to attain more than a two-goal lead at any point in the first half. Colby got on the board first with an early goal from Sasha Fritts in the fourth minute, but Lindsey Call ’19 was quick to respond, notching her first goal of the year only a minute later.

The Mules controlled the next 10 minutes of play, as they went on a 3-1 run in order to go up 4-2 on the Mammoths. However, two more goals from Call and a goal from Julia Crerend ’18 allowed Amherst to come back and take their first lead of the contest with seven minutes remaining in the half.

Managing to record two goals in the final three minutes of the frame, Colby took back the lead just before the intermission.

Once again getting off to a quick start, the Mules scored two goals early in the second half to take an 8-5 lead.

In an impressive display of resilience, the Mammoths battled back and scored four unanswered goals to go up 9-8. Maia Noyes ’21 contributed two goals, while Crerend and Claire Dunbar each found the back of the net once to help Amherst regain the lead.

Colby’s Emma Banks managed to tie things back up, but the Mammoths responded by going on yet another run. Goals from Noyes, Isabelle Sennett ’21 and Hannah Gustafson ’21 provided Amherst with a 12-9 lead, the largest margin of the contest.

The Mules managed to cut Amherst’s lead to one with goals from Grace Crowell and Grace Langmuir, but Sennett killed their momentum with a free position goal that ultimately secured the win for the Mammoths.

Colby managed to cut the lead to one before the final whistle blew, but the Mules were unable to find the equalizer thanks to a stellar performance from goalie Talia Land ’20, who made 12 saves on the day.

Noyes was rewarded for her game-high seven points with NESCAC player of the week honors.

Amherst returned to action on Tuesday, March 6, when the Mammoths hosted Keene State University for a nonconference tilt.

From the beginning, Amherst dominated the pace of play and the scoreline, opening up a wide lead early in the contest and maintaining it throughout, with the final score reading 20-1 in favor of the Mammoths. Amherst also outshot the Owls. 40-4.

In addition to controlling the offensive side of the play, Amherst dominated on defense, causing 27 turnovers and securing 19 ground balls.
Amherst will return to action this Saturday, March 10 for a conference home game against Bowdoin at noon.