Women’s Lacrosse Splits Pair Against Conn. College and Tufts, Falls to 5-7
Issue   |   Tue, 04/18/2017 - 22:31

The Amherst women’s lacrosse team snapped a three-game slide with a mid-week win over Connecticut College before dropping a tightly contested match against 20th-ranked Tufts.

On Tuesday, April 11, the Mammoths traveled to New London, Conn. to face a Camels team desperate for its first NESCAC win. However, Conn. College was unable to secure the victory it was looking for as Amherst cruised to a 13-2 win.

First-year Katherine Malone paced the offense with a career-high three goals, while Mary Grace Cronin ’18, Kelly Karczewski ’18 and Hannah Fox ’20 all scored twice for the Mammoths.

Malone, Karczewski and Cronin all also had an assist each. Sophomore Kate Burns collected a team-high three ground balls. Rowena Schenck ’18 helped maintain the Mammoths offensive momentum, winning six of the team’s 10 draw controls, and Fox stepped up to win the other four.

Amherst played on the road again for its weekend matchup against the Jumbos in Medford, MA. The Mammoths got off to a slow start, tallying only two goals in the first half, with both coming from Fox. Going into intermission, Amherst faced a five-goal deficit, down 7-2.

In the second half, the Mammoths were the first to find the nylon as Kate Wyeth ‘17 notched her first goal of the game off a dish from Kaitlyn Haase ’19. The Jumbos responded quickly, going on a three-goal run and increasing their advantage to 10-3.

Amherst was not discouraged as the Mammoths responded with four straight goals of their own. Wyeth scored her second of the game, while Karczewski, Malone and Claire Cagnassola ’17 contributed a goal apiece. With less than four minutes left in the game, the Tufts’ lead had shrunk from seven goals to just three.

Despite the Mammoths’ impressive offensive push, they were unable to upset the Jumbos. A late goal from Tufts sealed Amherst’s fate as the Jumbos won by an 11-7 scoreline.

Sabrina Solow ’19 anchored the Mammoths’ defense with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Fox won an impressive eight draw controls in the losing effort.

After last week’s action, the Mammoths move to 5-7 overall on the season and 2-6 in the NESCAC. Amherst will continue conference play with the team’s penultimate game of the season against Little III rival Williams on Saturday, April 22 at noon on Pratt Field. Since it is the Mammoths’ last Saturday home game of the regular season, the team’s five seniors, Coco Kusiak, Cagnassola, Wyeth, Andrea Rijo and Hanna Krueger, will be honored for their accomplishments over their four years at Amherst.