No. 9 Tufts Drops Season, NESCAC Opener to Amherst

MEDFORD -- Junior Kelley Trapp (Monterey, CA) scored eight points with two goals and six assists to lead visiting Amherst College to an 11-8 victory over ninth-ranked Tufts in the season and NESCAC opener for both women's lacrosse teams in the rain and wind at Bello Field on Saturday afternoon.

In the first half, Trapp figured in every Amherst goal with one tally and five assists as the visitors took a 6-3 lead into the break. She then made it seven for seven by scoring Amherst's seventh goal early in the second half. The Lord Jeffs (1-0) built their lead to 11-5 before Tufts made a late run in the final five minutes to close the margin. The Jumbos (0-1) were led by a game-high four goals and an assist from senior Emily Johnson (Yarmouth, ME).

Trapp's first two assists went to first-year Wyatt Davis (Concord, MA) as Amherst took an early 2-0 lead. After Johnson scored unassisted for Tufts with 21:43 left in the first half, Amherst sophomore Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) scored back-to-back goals assisted by Trapp and the visitors led 4-1 at the 15:45 mark. Johnson scored unassisted again at 12:30, but another Trapp to Horwitz goal and then Trapp's own score gave the Lord Jeffs a 6-2 lead with 9:29 to go until halftime. First-year Kerry Eaton (Norfolk, MA) scored her first collegiate goal with 2:42 on the clock to pull Tufts within 6-3.

After Tufts scored the opening goal of the second half, by sophomore Casey Egan (Massapequa, NY), Amherst ran off four straight to lead 10-4 at the 13-minute mark. First-year Marta Randall (Monkton, MD) had a goal and an assist during the run, as did Trapp. Johnson and Randall traded unassisted goals and it was 11-5 Amherst as the clock wound down under five minutes.

With greater urgency, Tufts staged a comeback. By winning draws and striking quickly, goals by sophomore Steph Perez (East Providence, RI) at 4:24 and by Johnson at 4:13 closed the gap to 11-7. However, Tufts couldn't add another quick tally to really put the pressure on. Egan scored her second of the game with 2:27 remaining, but that was the last goal of the game.

Amherst sophomore goalie Lamia Harik (Rye Brook, NY) earned the victory with eight saves. Sophomore Meredith LaRose (Cranford, NJ) finished with three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Senior co-captain Kathleen Scheld (Yorktown Heights, NY) won three draws for Amherst, while senior co-captain Tyler Tory-Murphy (Sea Cliff, NY) led the visitors with four ground balls. Amherst had a 19-13 edge in ground balls for the game.

Johnson won six draws for the Jumbos, who led the category 12-9 for the game. Senior co-captain Jenna Abelli (Framingham, MA) had three ground balls, two draw controls, and caused two turnovers. Junior goalie Sara Bloom (Summit, NJ) stopped five shots in the Tufts goal. The Jumbos earned a narrow 23-21 margin in shots.

Both teams play non-conference games next on Tuesday (Mar. 16). Tufts is at Wellesley for a 4:30 pm start, while the Lord Jeffs travel to West Palm Beach, Florida where they will play Manhattanville at 11 am.


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