Skidmore Can't Deal No. 3 Amherst First Defeat

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. Third-ranked Amherst remained unbeaten on Tuesday evening thanks to a 12-4 victory over non-conference rival Skidmore.

Improving to 12-0 (8-0 NESCAC) on the season, the Jeffs return to action on Thursday, Apr. 17 at Springfield College before taking on archrival Williams on Apr. 19. Seeing its two-game win streak fall by the wayside, Skidmore dropped to 4-9 overall with the loss.

Staking Amherst to an early edge, Priscilla Tyler '15 scored her 10th goal of the season just over five minutes after the opening draw. Meghan Mills '15 doubled the margin with a tally at 21:54 before Elizabeth Ludlow '14 made it 3-0 with a score just 40 seconds later. Tyler notched her second goal inside of the 20-minute mark of the first half before Rachel Passarelli '16 netted her team-high 23rd marker of the year at 18:46.

The Thoroughbreds Tyler Phillips '17 put the home team on the board with a goal at 13:04, but Amherst pieced together a 5-0 spurt over the final 6:57 of the frame. Alex Philie '14 got things started by converting a Ludlow feed before Mills and Devin O'Connor '16 accounted for the next three goals. Krista Zsitvay '14 capped off the run by scoring with just 15 seconds to go before the intermission.

Coming out of the break, the Purple & White picked up where they left off as Tyler recorded a goal just 46 seconds after the restart. Skidmore's Spencer Morgan '15 answered with 21:29 remaining in regulation to momentarily cut the deficit back down to single digits, but Passarelli came right back with a tally just over four minutes later.

Tyler led the Jeff attack with three goals and two assists, while Mills also had three scores. Holding a decisive 29-15 edge in shots, Amherst was successful on 16 of 20 clears while holding a 26-20 advantage in ground balls and forcing 22 Skidmore turnovers.

Phillips, Morgan, Brittney Dioneda '15 and Caroline Bowne '15 accounted for the four Thoroughbred scores, while Megan Kolopsky '17 made six saves. Amherst's Christy Forrest '16 finished with eight stops.


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