No. 8 Amherst Uses 2nd-Half Run to Down William Smith

CLERMONT, FLA. - Clinging to a 3-2 halftime lead, the eighth-ranked Amherst women's lacrosse team scored six unanswered following the intermission, downing William Smith in non-conference action at the National Training Center, 9-2.

Rachel Passarelli '16 led the Jeffs offensively with four goals. Alex Philie '14 added three goals and an assist, while also tracking down three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Meghan Mills '15 chipped in with three ground balls, while Priscilla Tyler '15 won a game-high five draws. Playing all 60 minutes in net, Christy Forrest '16 made seven saves.

Hannah Connolly '16 and Emy Stratton '16 accounted for the two William Smith scores. Rachel Hughes '15 scooped up a team-high three ground balls and caused two turnovers. Geneva Calder '16 won a pair of draws, while first-year goalie Sarah Honan turned aside nine shots.

Passarelli started the game with back-to-back goals for Amherst, putting the Jeffs up 2-0 just 6:27 after the opening draw. Philie extended the margin with 12:45 left in the first half before Connolly broke through for William Smith with 8:25 on the clock. Stratton followed with a free position goal just under a minute later to make it 3-2 going into the break.

Mia Haughton '16 converted a free position of her own to open the second half for Amherst, and Philie added a man-up goal to make it 5-2. It appeared that the Jeffs had struck again with 22:03 remaining in regulation, but it was disallowed due to an illegal stick. Almost three minutes later, the Herons seemingly took advantage and cut it to 5-3, but their goal was also disallowed following a stick check. Pulling away, Amherst added four more scores to close out the game.

The Jeffs held a 24-10 advantage in shots and a 14-10 edge in ground balls. Controlling the draws, the Purple & White finished with a 10-3 margin. Amherst was successful on 18 of 19 clear attempts, while the Herons went 12 for 17.

Amherst returns to action on Thursday, Mar. 20 against NESCAC rival Hamilton. William Smith will be back in action on Thursday, March 20, when it takes on Babson at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla., at 9 a.m.


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