No. 10 Jeffs Post Impressive Win at Skidmore

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Allie Horwitz '12 (Woodbridge, Conn.) and Marta Randall '13 (Monkton, Md.) each surpassed the 100-point plateau to lead Amherst to an impressive 20-5 over Skidmore College.

Winners of four of their last five games, the Jeffs improved to 9-3 (5-3 NESCAC) on the season, while the Thoroughbreds fell to 7-6 (2-4 Liberty) on the year.

Scoring 20 goals for the first time since defeating Wheaton College 20-2 on Apr. 18, 2007, an explosive Jeff attack got at least three goals from four different players, including a game-high six tallies from Randall. Horwitz, Krista Zsitvay '14 (New Vernon, N.J.) and Alex Philie '14 (East Sandwich, Mass.) each chipped in with a hat trick, while Wyatt Davis '13 (Concord, Mass.), Elizabeth Ludlow '14 (Huntington, N.Y.), Sarah Spector '15 (Narbeth, Pa.) and Priscilla Tyler '15 (Providence, R.I.) also got on the board.

Leslie Stebbins '12 paced the Skidmore attack with a pair of scores, while Lexi Melville '13, Lauren Madden '12 and Robin Fetterolf '14 accounted for the rest of the Thoroughbreds' five goals.

Amherst held a decisive 38-6 shot advantage and a 16-9 edge in ground balls, while winning 18 of the game's 26 draw controls. The Jeffs were especially efficient on their free-position attempts, converting 5 of 8 tries, while Skidmore missed its lone opportunity.

Hoping to get the visitors off to a quick start, Horwitz buried her 18th of the season with 21:11 to go in the first half before Ludlow added another score just 48 seconds later to stake the Jeffs to an early 2-0 lead.

Madden answered by putting Skidmore on the board at the 19:30 mark before Spencer Morgan '15 won the draw control and found Stebbins on the left wing for a game-tying score just 17 seconds after the Thoroughbreds' first tally.

With Meghan Mills '15 (Far Hills, N.J.) winning possession on the restart, Philie wasted no time putting Amherst back on top, burying her 16th of the year at 18:43 before Horwitz linked up with Randall to make it 4-2. Zsitvay then scored at 13:39 before Randall converted a free-position attempt just under the 13-minute mark to cap off a three-goal spurt over a 1:27 span of game time.

Zsitvay struck again with 9:53 to go in the half before netting her third of the game just over a minute later to make it 8-2. With just over four minutes before the intermission, Horwitz buried her 100th career point, scoring on a Philie assist. Just 1:19 later, Randall joined Horwitz in the 100-point club with her 31st goal of 2012, capping off an 8-1 Amherst run to close the half.

Looking to carry their momentum into the second, the Jeffs scored three of the frame's first four goals, before taking a 14-4 edge on a Davis free-position scored at 20:57. Randall then put away consecutive goals to extend the lead to 12 before Davis, Tyler and Philie scored three straight over a span of 5:58 to make it 19-4.

Fetterolf momentarily stemmed the tide, ending a streak of eight-consecutive Amherst tallies with a goal at 4:28 before Spector capped off the scoring with her first collegiate goal with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.

Amherst will look to extend its win streak to four when it travels to Williams on Saturday, Apr. 21.

2012-04-17



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