Wesleyan Falls, as No. 10 Amherst Scores First Eight

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (April 2) - Rattling off the opening eight goals of the game, 10th-ranked Amherst went on for a 15-6 NESCAC and Little Three victory, as sophomore Priscilla Tyler netted eight goals and senior Hillary Densen picked up a goal and six assists to pace the Lord Jeff attack.

Amherst returns to action Sat., April 6 with a trip to third-ranked nationally Middlebury, while Wesleyan has a journey to Colby, ranked sixth in the country, to contend with on Saturday.

Tyler hat a hat trick before the game was 17 minutes old while Densen had a goal and four assists by that time as well as Amherst ran off to an 8-0 lead with 11:37 to go in the first half. Junior Alex Philie also had two goals among the opening eight.

Wesleyan had its best flurry of the game with three goals in a span of just 39 seconds as senior Kaylin Berger netted the first of her three goals at 8:15, followed by a freshman Hannah Plappert goal nine seconds later. Thirty second later, Plappert set up sophomore Leah Sherman for a goal as the score stood 8-3 with 7:36 left in the period. The score at halftime favored Amherst, 9-4, as Tyler had four of the Lord Jeff markers.

Densen then set up Tyler for the next two goals, at 24:47 and 21:50 of the second half, for an 11-4 Amherst margin. The Lord Jeffs added three more with Tyler scoring the final two for a 14-4 lead with 4:55 to go. Berger put home Wesleyan's final two goals while freshman Devin O'Connor netted the last Amherst tally.

Tyler leads Amherst in goals on the year with 24 and has a team-leading 25 points, just ahead of Densen, who has nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points. Berger leads Wesleyan in goals and points with 18 and 21, respectively.

The Lord Jeffs had a 29-18 margin in shots while scoring on more than half their attempts. Wesleyan freshman keeper Nina Labovich came up with seven saves. Freshman Katelyn Salerno played the first half for Amherst, making one saves, while freshman Christy Forrest manned the cage for the final 30 minutes and was stellar with seven saves and just two goals against.

Amherst, which leads the series, 30-11, won its fourth in a row vs. Wesleyan, and captured its 22nd victory in the last 23 meetings with the Cardinals.


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