Amherst Moves to 8-0 with 9-6 Conference Win at Trinity

 Senior Linda McEvoy made 10 saves in the Jeffs 8th straight win.

HARTFORD, CT – The 8th-ranked Amherst College women’s lacrosse team picked up its eighth consecutive win to start the season this evening, with a 9-6 road win at NESCAC rival Trinity College. Amherst took a 7-3 lead into halftime and cruised to a comfortable win, with strong play from its defensive unit to prevent a comeback effort from the Bantams.

Amherst started the goal scoring early on, with a pair of scores from junior Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, MA). Noonan scored at the 27:48 and 25:43 marks of the first half, each time off a feed from sophomore Hannah Walker (Greenwich, CT). Walker did a majority of her damage in the first half, and finished the night with four helpers.

After Trinity’s C.J. Yanofsky put the Bantams on the board at the 24:52 mark, the Lord Jeffs rolled off five straight scores to take a 7-1 lead. Senior Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, NY) was crucial to the run, scoring an unassisted field goal, a free-position goal, and assisted on a Noonan’s third goal of the day. Noonan finished the first half and game with four goals, while Hoeg added a second half score to finish with three goals and an assist.

Trinity scored the final two goals of the first half in the last two-and-a-half minutes to head to the locker rooms down 7-3. The Bantams put forth a strong effort in the second stanza to pressure the Amherst advantage, and ultimately out-score the Lord Jeffs 3-2 in the half.

The Lord Jeffs received a superb performance from their experienced defensive unit to prevent a come back by the Bantams. Led by senior goalie Linda McEvoy’s (Rochester, NY) 10 saves, Amherst closed the door on Trinity and another win.

Amherst improves to 8-0 on the year, and an equally impressive 4-0 in the very competitive NESCAC. The Lord Jeffs will have very little time to dwell on the win, as the next two Saturdays bring the challenges of road games at No. 7 Middlebury, and Little Three archrival Williams College.