Lord Jeffs Roll Wheaton for 10th Win of the Season

Mary Noonan had a goal and four assists in
Amherst's win over Wheaton

AMHERST, MA - The 8th-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team rolled over Wheaton College this evening 17-5 on Gooding Field. The Lord Jeffs picked up their 10th win of the season, while dropping just a single game in the process.

Amherst jumped all over the Lyons in the first half, scoring the first goal at the 28:18 mark. Junior Amy Craig (Denver, CO) put home the score off a feed from sophomore Tyler Tory-Murphy (Sea Cliff, NY). Craig converted a Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, MA) assist, before Noonan assisted first-year Kelly Trapp (Monterey, CA) to put the Lord Jeffs up 3-0.

Wheaton responded at the 23:30 mark with an unassisted goal from Sara Dimick. The score was her 13th of the year, and proved to be unlucky, as the Lyons would not find the net again for the remainder of the first half. The same could not be said for the Lord Jeffs, who rolled off another 9 consecutive goals before the break.

The scoring streak was started once again by Craig, who finished the night with a team-high 32 goals on the season. Amherst followed Craig’s third goal with scores from sophomore Hannah Walker (Greenwich, CT), Tory-Murphy, Noonan, Christina Hopkins (Montclair, NJ), and Caki Guinee (Owings Mills, MD), before Craig scored her fourth and final goal of the game. Tory-Murphy and classmate Kathleen Scheld (Yorktown Heights, NY) provided the final goals of the half for Amherst.

The second half saw Amherst head coach Chris Paradis give action to first-year goalie Caroline Burke (Brookline, MA), and a number of other players off the bench. First-years Annie Morrison (Baltimore, MD) and Robyn Lightner (Mountain Lakes, NJ) scored off the bench, while Burke looked solid in net with 4 saves in the second frame.

Amherst dominated from start to finish, winning the shot, ground ball, and draw control battles 24-11, 20-18, and 15-9, respectively. The Lord Jeffs improve to 10-1 on the year, while Wheaton falls to 6-8.

Amherst returns to action on Saturday morning when they host NESCAC rival Bowdoin College at 11 a.m. for Senior Day.