No. 11 Jeffs Edged Out by No. 6 Middlebury

AMHERST, Mass. - Despite a pair of goals from Alex Philie '14 (East Sandwich, Mass.), the 11th-ranked Amherst women's lacrosse team dropped to 6-3 (3-3 NESCAC) on the season following an 8-5 loss to rival Middlebury on Gooding Field.

Improving to 10-2 against Amherst since 2003, the sixth-ranked Panthers remained unbeaten, upping their record to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in league play.

Looking to get the visitors off to a fast start, Michaela Colbert '13 wasted no time getting on the board, netting the game's first goal just 1:49 after the opening whistle. Hoping to keep pace, Marta Randall '13 (Monkton, Md.) drew a foul just under the 24-minute mark before converting on the ensuing free-position to knot things up at 1-1.

Middlebury answered with a pair of Catherine Fowler '15 and Liza Herzog '14 goals just 3:28 apart to extend their lead to 3-1 before Philie buried her 11th goal of the year to trim the Amherst deficit.

With under 10 to go in the half, Katie Ritter '15 pushed the Panther advantage to 4-2, but Caroline Holliday '14 (Newark, Del.) quickly responded, scoring just 53 seconds later to cut it to one heading into the intermission.

Wanting to set the tone coming out of the break, Herzog again beat Amherst goalie Lamia Harik '12 (Rye Brook, N.Y.) to make it 5-3 before Ritter spun away from a pair of Jeff defenders, firing a low shot into the net to push the Middlebury cushion to three with under 20 minutes remaining in regulation.

Fowler kept things rolling for the Panthers, increasing the margin to 7-3 at 18:08 with a tally off a Margaret Souther '13 assist, before the duo again linked up less than two minutes later to stake Middlebury to a five-goal margin.

Trying to bring the Jeffs back, Philie notched her second of the day with 8:04 on the clock, but the Purple & White could only manage one other score, netting their fifth of the afternoon on sophomore Elizabeth Ludlow's marker with just over a minute to play.

Amherst finished with a slim 17-16 shot advantage, while Middlebury held a 19-18 edge in ground balls. Helping to force 23 Jeff turnovers, Middlebury went 13 for 14 on its clear attempts, while holding Amherst to a 13 for 18 clip.

Philie paced the Jeff attack with two goals on four shots, with Holliday, Randall and Ludlow accounting for the team's three other scores. Fowler had three goals to lead the Middlebury offense, while Herzog and Ritter each had a pair of tallies.

Harik finished with five saves, falling to 6-3 on the year, while senior counterpart Lily Nguyen had six stops to improve to 9-0.

Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Apr. 10 against Connecticut College.


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