Third-Ranked Amherst Tops No. 13 Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The third-ranked Amherst women's lacrosse team beat 13th-ranked Colby for the first time since 2006 with a 12-5 NESCAC win Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.

Despite Amherst's strong program over the years, the Mules had won the last 10 meetings. The Jeffs' last victory was a 12-11 overtime win at Colby in 2006. Three of the 10 wins came in league playoff games.

Amherst (9-0 overall, 6-0 NESCAC) did not need overtime to win this game. The Jeffs received three goals, one assist, three draw controls, three ground balls, and one caused turnover from senior Krista Zsitvay.

Amherst's defense had allowed about five goals per game heading into the contest and held a good Colby offense to 20 shots and five goals. Christy Forrest finished with six of her nine saves in the second half and chipped in with four ground balls and one caused turnover.

The Jeffs never trailed in the game after opening up a 2-0 lead on goals from Alex Philie (Mia Haughton assist) and Passarelli in the first six minutes of the game.

The Mules (5-4, 3-3) did tie the game at 2-2 when Abby Hatch scored on a free-position shot and Sarah Lux made a run across the goal and fired in a shot with 17:41 left in the half.

Zsitvay put Amherst up 4-2 at halftime with the final two goals. She scored unassisted with 16:19 left and then tallied on a free-position shot with 11:55 to go.

The Jeffs took control of the game with the first three goals of the second half for a 7-2 margin. Philie scored unassisted just 56 seconds into the half, Passarelli scored her second goal on a free-position shot with 27:28 to go, and Zsitvay won a draw control and scored just 12 seconds later.

Abby Hooper made it 7-3 with 26:02 left from Katharine Eddy and then Katie Griffin cut the margin to three goals when she scored in front off a nice pass from Abby Hatch with 18:26 to play. The Mules had three chances to get the game to two goals, but could not get a shot past Forrest.

Meghan Mills scored two straight goals for Amherst to help her team pull away for good. The first was from Devin O'Connor with 13:45 left and then Mills scored on a free-position shot with 10:19 remaining.

After Hatch cut the lead to 9-5 with 8:24 remaining, Amherst scored the final three goals from Kerry Fusco, O'Connor, and Passarelli.

Heath Cockrell led Amherst's defense with three caused turnovers and one ground ball. Philie finished with three draw controls, Mills added three ground balls, and Passarelli scooped two ground balls and had one caused turnover.

Gemma Bready had four draw controls in the second half for Colby. Emma Marjollet added three draw controls and two ground balls, while defenders Brittany Chin and Caroline Keaveney each had two ground balls and one caused turnover.


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