Amherst Earns 8-4 Win Over Bates to Stay Perfect at 5-0

Senior tri-captain Maddie Hoeg scored four of the Jeffs' eight goals against Bates. 

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s lacrosse team carried a 6-3 lead into halftime en route to an 8-4 conference victory over Bates College to increase its winning streak to five games. The Lord Jeffs move to a perfect 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the NESCAC, while Bates falls to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play. 

Bates jumped out to an early lead when first-year Briana Gross scored an unassisted goal just three minutes and eight seconds into the contest, but Amherst responded with three goals in a span of less than six minutes to take a 3-1 lead. Sophomore Tyler Tory-Murphy (Sea Cliff, NY) tied things up at 1-1 before senior tri-captain Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, NY) recorded consecutive unassisted goals to put her team ahead by two.

The Bobcats responded with Gross’s second tally of the game, this time with an assist going to sophomore Morgan Maciewicz. First-year Abby Saucier tied things up at 3-3 at the 17:12 mark, but Hoeg answered just 28 seconds later with her third unassisted goal of the day.

After picking up the assist on Tory-Murphy’s goal, junior Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, MA) increased the Jeffs’ lead to two goals before classmate Amy Craig (Denver, CO) closed out the scoring in the first half with an unassisted tally, as the Jeffs headed into the break with a 6-3 lead.

The second half saw only three goals between the two teams, with Bates once again striking first. Senior quad-captain Molly Wagner scored 16 minutes into the frame to go along with the assist she picked up on Saucier’s goal. Hoeg once again had an answer, as she found the back of the net just 52 seconds later for her fourth goal of the game. Craig picked up the assist on the game’s final goal, with first-year Robyn Lightner (Mountain Lakes, NJ) closing out the scoring to give Amherst an 8-4 lead it would hang on to the rest of the way.  

The Lord Jeffs return to action Thursday, Mar. 27 when they travel to Babson College for a non-conference game at 7 p.m.. The Bobcats also return to action Thursday, as they will head to the University of New England for a 4:30 p.m. game.