Amherst Rallies From Four Down at the Half to Win 9-8 in Overtime Over Conn.

Junior Amy Craig scored the lone overtime goal to lift Amherst to a 9-8 win. 

By Alex Kantor

AMHERST, MA – The 8th-ranked Amherst College women lacrosse team rallied from a four-goal deficit at the half to defeat Conn. College 9-8 in overtime, and remain undefeated. The Camels held a 6-2 halftime lead, only to see reigning NESCAC Player of the Week, Amy Craig (Denver, CO) score four goals after the break, including the game-winner in overtime.

Craig started the game well for Amherst, scoring the first two goals of the day on back-to-back feeds from classmate Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, MA). The pair of juniors helped put Amherst ahead 2-0 in ten minutes of action.

Conn. College responded, led by their one-two punch of Jen Robinson and Sarah Miner, to score 6 consecutive goals to end the half. In just over a two-and-a-half minute span, Miner assisted on consecutive scores by Robinson. After a pair of unassisted goals by Camel teammates, Miner set-up Robinson with 1:45 to play, and then capped the half with a goal of her own with just two seconds remaining in the half.

Amherst re-grouped at the halftime break, and used the first ten minutes of the second half to neutralize the scoring spurt from the Camels. With 20:40 to play in the second frame, junior Caki Guinee (Owings Mills, MD) scored on a free-position shot to jump-start the Lord Jeff attack.

The Jeffs scored a pair of goals in the next two minutes, to cut the deficit down to 6-5, before Robinson scored her fourth goal for Conn. While Robinson would ultimately score a fifth and final goal to put the Camels up 8-7, the rest of the game belonged to Craig.

A pair of goals from Craig just 1:01 apart tied the game at 7-7, before Robinson’s response with 7:06 to play. Craig put the Lord Jeffs on her shoulders for the game-tying goal with 4:32 remaining in regulation, and then scored the game-winner with 1:44 to go in overtime. Three of Craig’s final four scores, including the final two, were unassisted efforts.

Craig finished the game with six goals and an assist for a 7-point performance, while Robinson paced the Camels with five goals. Amherst’s Noonan had a three-point effort with a goal and a pair of assists, while Conn.’s Miner had a goal and four assists. Amherst senior goalie Linda McEvoy (Rochester, NY) made seven saves for the win, while Conn.’s Jenna Ross was impressive with 12 saves in the losing effort.

The win moves Amherst to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in NESCAC play, while the loss snaps Conn. College’s four-game winning streak and drops the Camels to 4-4 (1-3 NESCAC). The Lord Jeffs will return to action on Wednesday evening for a 6:30 p.m. game at Trinity College.