Amherst Rookies Power 13-7 Win at Skidmore

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - The 19th-Amherst College women's lacrosse team got a combined seven goals from first-years Marta Randall (Monkton, MD) and Hillary Denson (Summit, NJ) to power a 13-7 win at Skidmore College this evening.

The Lord Jeffs improved to 8-4 on the year with the victory, while the Thoroughbreds fall to 6-6. Skidmore jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Kimberly Segalas and Lauren Madden, beofre Amherst ran off three straight to go back on top 3-2.

Denson scored twice from Kelley Trapp (Monterey, CA), before Randall capped the run at 19:25 remaining in the first half. The teams traded goals to end the half, with Lauren McCarthy powering her way to the net to tie it 3-3 for the Thoroughbreds at 15:16, and Denson scoring at 7:38 to give the Lord Jeffs the 4-3 lead at the break.

McCarthy opened the second half with her 17th goal of the season at 28:49 to make it 4-4, but Amherst responded by scoring five straight to open a 9-4 lead. Senior Hannah Walker (Greenwich, CT) and Randall had two goals each during the run. McCarthy stopped the run with a free position goal at 15:27 to make it 9-5, but that was as close as the Thoroughbreds would get.

McCarthy led the Thoroughbreds with three goals and an assist, while Segalas and Madden had two goals each. Amber Kinsey had a good game on defense with four ground balls, four draw controls, and three caused turnovers.

Randall finished with four goals for Amherst, while Walker and Denson had three each. Claire Bennett (Westfield, NJ) contributed four ground balls, three draws, and two caused turnovers. Amherst sophomore Meredith LaRose (Cranford, NJ) also scored her first collegiate goal in the win.

Amherst outshot Skidmore 24-14. Thoroughbred goalie Rachel Klein had seven saves, while Lamia Harik (Rye Brook, NY) stopped five shots for the Lord Jeffs.

Amherst returns to action with a NESCAC and Little Three matchup against Wesleyan on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at home.


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