No. 10 Jeffs Escape Williams in Double Overtime

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - After overcoming a two-goal deficit in the final 12 seconds of regulation, Marta Randall '13 (Monkton, Md.) netted the game winner just 34 seconds into the second overtime to give the 10th-ranked Amherst women's lacrosse team a stunning 7-6 win over Williams College.

Securing a home quarterfinal game and the fourth seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship, the Lord Jeffs improved to 15-1 against their archrivals since 2001, while moving to 10-3 overall on the season and 6-3 in league play. The Ephs fell to 5-9 (1-8 NESCAC) on the year with the loss.

Randall paced the Jeff offense with three goals on six shots, while Allie Horwitz '12 (Woodbridge, Conn.) added a pair of scores. Hillary Densen '13 (Summit, N.J.) also got on the board for the Purple & White, scoring on one of her three attempts, while Elizabeth Ludlow '12 (Huntington, N.Y.) buried her 16th tally of the year on a free-position shot with just 1.5 seconds remaining to force the first of two extra sessions.

Lamia Harik '12 (Rye Brook, N.Y.) made eight saves en route to her 10th victory, while Ali Piltch '14 made 11 stops to fall to 3-6. Emily Jablonski '14 led the Eph attack, with three goals on seven shots, while Rebecca McGovern '14 finished with a pair of scores.

With both offenses struggling to get into a flow during a defensive-minded first half, Williams tri-captain Margie Fulton '12 looked to get the home team going, burying the game's opening tally on a free-position at 15:08. With less than five minutes to go in the period, Jablonski extended the Eph margin to two, beating Harik with a low shot into the bottom right corner of the Jeff net.

Hoping to close the half out strong, Amherst took advantage of a late Williams penalty, as Densen made a move from behind the net to the right hand side, sneaking a shot past Piltch with 1.6 seconds on the clock to cut the Jeff deficit in half.

Wanting to set the tone coming out of the break, Jablonski struck again, beating her defender before ripping a shot from just above the crease that made it 3-1 just over three minutes into the second. Trying to regroup, Amherst answered with three unanswered goals over a 13:40 span of game time to take its first lead of the afternoon. Randall got the rally started with a free-position score at 23:45 before Horwitz netted consecutive goals to put the Jeffs up 4-3 with 13:01 left in regulation.

Responding with a three-tally spurt of their own, Jablonski tied the game less than two minutes later before McGovern netted two-straight in just 3:10, putting the Ephs back up 6-4 with under 10 to play.

Continuing to trail by two in the waning moments of regulation, Randall eluded a pair of Williams defenders, before pulling Amherst back within one with just 12 ticks left. Needing to get the ball back, Ludlow won a crucial draw control before drawing a foul with just 1.5 seconds remaining. With Amherst just 1 for 11 on its free-position attempts on the day, Ludlow came through with a big conversion as time expired to send the game into overtime.

Still tied after the first extra session, Alex Philie '14 (East Sandwich, Mass.) won control of the restart to give the Jeffs possession in the second OT. Wasting no time, Densen found an open Randall, who moved toward the Williams cage, ripping a quick shot past Piltch to complete the visitors' comeback bid just 34 seconds into the frame.

Winners of four-straight, Amherst will look to keep things rolling on Wednesday, Apr. 25 when it closes out the regular season at Trinity.

2012-04-21



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