Ninth-Ranked Amherst Tops Rival Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The ninth-ranked Amherst women's lacrosse team extended its win streak to five games with a decisive 14-10 non-conference victory over local rival Springfield College.

Trailing 1-0 on an Allie Davis '13 goal just 1:08 after the opening whistle, Amherst quickly responded, knotting things up on an Elizabeth Ludlow '14 (Huntington, N.Y.) free-position tally just 2:22 later.

Springfield's Brittany LeGuelaff '12 notched a free-position score of her own at the 25:20 mark to help Pride momentarily regain the lead, but Allie Horwitz '12 (Woodbridge, Conn.) buried her team-high 13th of the year just 54 seconds after the restart to once again pull the Jeffs even.

Wyatt Davis '13 (Concord, Mass.) gave the visitors their first lead of the night with a tally at 18:48, as Amherst netted eight-straight goals over a span of 8:30 of game action to build a commanding 10-2 cushion.

Davis had three scores during the Jeffs' decisive run, with Ludlow adding two more goals. Hillary Densen '13 (Summit, N.J.), Caroline Holliday '14 (Newark, Del.) and Annelies O'Dea '14 (Pittsford, N.Y.) also got into the act, scoring at 16:29, 12:44 and 10:18, respectively.

Springfield's Jackie Moscardelli '12 snapped Amherst's string of eight unanswered goals with a score at 9:50, kick-starting a 3-1 run to close out the half that brought the Pride back within six at the intermission.

Hoping to regain the momentum coming out of the break, the Jeffs' Meghan Mills '15 (Far Hills, N.J.) wasted no time getting on the board, drawing a foul and scoring on a free-position attempt just over five minutes into the frame.

Moscardelli answered with her second tally of the contest with 15:40 to go in regulation, but the Jeffs continued to go on the offensive, burying two more scores just 2:33 apart to give Amherst a 14-6 lead with under 13 to play.

Held to one goal in the first 28:42 of the second half, the Pride netted four in the final 1:18 of regulation to pull within 14-10, but the deficit proved too big to overcome with the Jeffs holding onto the win.

Davis finished with four goals on four shots, while Ludlow had three scores. O'Dea, Horwitz, Mills, Densen, Holliday, Marta Randall '13 (Monkton, Md.) and Alex Philie '14 (East Sandwich, Mass.) accounted for the rest of Amherst's 14 scores, as the Jeffs finished with a 33-16 shot advantage and an 11-10 edge in ground balls.

Moscardelli paced Springfield with three goals, while Michelle Dorsey had a pair of tallies.

Lamia Harik '12 (Rye Brook, N.Y.) made three saves to improve to 5-1 on the year, while Anne Versprille '14 made eight stops in the loss.

2012-03-28



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