Lord Jeffs Remain On Fire with 11-9 Come-From-Behind Win Over Claremont-Mudd Scripps

Maddie Hoeg scored four goals in the win.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - The ninth-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team remained on fire this afternoon when they handed No. 16 Claremont-Mudd Scripps their first loss of the year. The Lord Jeffs improved to 3-0 on the young season with a come-from-behind 11-9 win, dropping the Athenas to 5-1.

Last season, CMS started the year 15-0 before dropping its regular season finale to Colorado College. The Athenas had hopes of starting this season on a similar run, but ran up against a very young and talented Amherst squad.

Amherst received a stellar game from senior midfielder Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, NY) who ultimately poured in four goals. Junior Amy Craig (Denver, CO), who was named the NESCAC Player of the Week earlier today, was isolated by the CMS defense, and held to just a pair of scores.

Riding an opening goal from Hoeg less than two minutes into the game, Amherst went over 16 minutes before sophomore Tyler Tory-Murphy (Sea Cliff, NY) scored her lone goal of the game. Tory-Murphy played very well form the defensive midfield, coming up big on ground balls, draw controls and in transition play. Despite the scoring draught, Amherst took a 5-4 lead into the break.

The Jeffs fell behind in the second half and needed to rally to knot the game up at 8-8. Junior Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, MA) played well scoring a pair of goals and dishing out an assist.

Noonan scored on a feed from Robyn Lightner (Mountain Lakes, NJ) to give Amherst a 9-8 lead, after the Jeffs had tied the game on Hannah Walker's (Greenwich, CT) first goal of the season. The assist for Lightner was the first collegiate point for the first-year.

CMS tied the game at 54:12, only to have Craig escape high-pressured face-guarding for the eventual game-winner just 58 seconds later. Amherst added and insurance goal to take an 11-9 win.

The win moves Amherst to 3-0 on the season, and the Jeffs will take tomorrow off before hitting the field for a non-conference tilt with Eastern Conn. State University on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.