8th-Ranked Lord Jeffs Topple No. 7 Babson College 12-8 on the Road

Junior Amy Craig scored five goals
on just seven shots.

WELLESLEY, MA - The eighth-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team traveled east to face No. 7 Babson College this evening in non-conference action. Amherst jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first half, before Babson responded with five of the next seven goals scored. The Lord Jeffs scored three consecutive goals midway through the second half en route to a 12-8 win.

After giving up the first goal of the game to Babson’s Jackie Godfrey just one minute and forty-three seconds into play, Amherst looked to junior Amy Craig (Denver, CO) for a response. Craig was up to the challenge and scored a trio of goals, with the middle coming by way of a free position shot, in less than three minutes of action.

The Amherst offensive unit came alive after the Craig scoring spurt, and by the 12:42 mark of the first half had scored six consecutive goals for a 6-1 lead. Junior Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, MA) scored her first goal of the night and dished out an assist during the run.

Babson refused to let Amherst take momentum into the halftime break, and answered with three more goals before heading to the locker room. In the opening minutes of second half play, Godfrey scored her second and third goals of the game to close the gap to 8-6, with over twenty minutes to go.

Amherst used another three goal run, with scores coming from sophomore Tyler Tory-Murphy (Sea Cliff, NY), first-year Kelley Trapp (Monterey, CA) and Craig to put the game out of reach. Babson added a pair of goals in the final seven minutes, but it was too little too late, as the Lord Jeffs closed the game with a 12-8 win.

Craig put home the final goal of the game with just one second showing on the clock, for her fifth goal of the game on just seven shots. Noonan had two goals and two assists in the win, while senior tri-captain Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, NY) had a pair of scores. Senior goalie Linda McEvoy (Rochester, NY) made 10 saves in the victory for Amherst.

The Lord Jeffs improved to 6-0 with the win, and will face Conn. College at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, in NESCAC action at Amherst. Amherst has a 6-0 record for the first time since 2005 when the team started 8-0 before losing to Middlebury College.