Amherst Comes Back to Topple Bowdoin in Double Overtime, 7-6
Seniors Kristina Green, Linda McEvoy, Gretchen DeLuke and Maddie Hoeg were honored before the Jeffs' game against Bowdoin.
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women's lacrosse team trailed Bowdoin College 6-3 with 24:13 remaining in the second half, but the Lord Jeffs held the Polar Bears scoreless the rest of the way and stormed back to earn a 7-6 win in double overtime. Junior Amy Craig (Denver, CO) netted the game-winner to improve Amherst to 11-1 overall and 6-1 in the NESCAC.
Bowdoin won the opening draw and was patient in setting up its offense, but it took just 68 seconds for junior Christina Denitzio to put the Polar Bears on the board with an unassisted goal. Amherst first-year Kelly Trapp (Monterey, CA) answered five minutes later as she carried the ball from behind the net and went far post from the left side to tie things up at 1-1.
After Craig tallied her team-leading 33rd goal of the season to put the Jeffs back on top, Bowdoin looked to respond on a free position attempt but was denied by senior goalie Linda McEvoy (Rochester, NY).
The Polar Bears were handed another free position opportunity at the 14:07 mark, this time with junior Lindsay McNamara finishing the job to notch the score at 2-2. Bowdoin regained the lead three minutes later on an unassisted goal from first-year Katy Dissinger, but the game saw its third tie when sophomore Tyler Tory-Murphy (Sea Cliff, NY) netted her 14th goal of the year.
The tug-of-war continued less than one minute after Tory-Murphy’s goal when a streaking McNamara received a pass from sophomore Ashley Peterson behind the net and beat McEvoy to give her team a 4-3 advantage. McNamara struck again two minutes later when she used a spin move to shake a defender and find the back of the net for the third time of the game, as Amherst trailed 5-3 and called a timeout with 6:56 remaining in the first half
Bowdoin gained possession and ran out the final minutes of the half, attempting to set up one final attack before intermission. Dissinger began her streak toward the goal with just 10 seconds showing on the clock, but the Amherst defense made a big stop and did allow another shot, as the Jeffs headed into halftime with a two-goal deficit.
The Lord Jeffs are 3-0 in overtime games this season.
The visitors came out firing and dominated the opening six minutes of the second half, but McEvoy came up with save after save to keep her team in the game. After so much pressure, however, the Polar Bears were finally able to beat the Amherst goalie when Peterson scored her first goal of the game to hand Bowdoin a 6-3 lead after five minutes and 47 seconds of second-half action.
Amherst put a stop to Bowdoin’s 3-0 run when junior Catherine Calvert (Lawrenceville, NJ) carried the ball nearly the length of the field before dishing it off to first-year Robyn Lightner (Mountain Lakes, NJ) behind the net. Lightner made Calvert’s hustle pay off as she found junior Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, MA), whose 18th goal of the season cut the Jeffs’ deficit to two goals.
With 18:08 remaining in the second half, Trapp caused Bowdoin to call a timeout when she netted her second goal of the game. Craig nearly tied the score two and a half minutes later on a free position shot, but Bowdoin goalie Steph Collins-Finn made a big stop at the door step. Craig was fouled at the conclusion of the play and was handed another free position chance, this time converting to tie the game at 6-6 as the Jeffs responded to a 3-0 run with one of their own.
Collins-Finn stopped an Amherst free position attempt at the 11-minute mark, but McEvoy responded with a pair of huge stops of her own on free position shots, as the anticipated outstanding goalie play continued on both ends.
Amherst held possession for the final three minutes of regulation in hopes of getting the final shot, but the Jeffs were unable to find the game-winner. Sophomore Christina Hopkins (Montclair, NJ) had a great look at the net but her shot hit the crossbar to draw a collection of sighs from the Amherst fans. Trapp was given a free position chance with one tick left on the clock, but Collins-Finn corralled the final attempt and sent the game into overtime.
The first draw of overtime went to Amherst, but the Jeffs were unable to get off a single shot and the teams ended their first three-minute session still knotted at 6-6. Tory-Murphy kicked off the second three-minute block with a free position attempt, but Collins-Finn was able to make the stop. This time it was Bowdoin that held for the final shot, but senior Ali Draudt’s attempt sailed high, and the teams headed into a second overtime.
Bowdoin took three good shots in the first three minutes of overtime number two, but the first two went wide and the third was stopped by McEvoy. The Polar Bears won the ensuing draw but sophomore Kathleen Scheld (Yorktown Heights, NY) caused and controlled a big turnover. Amherst did not run out the clock this time, as sophomore Hannah Walker (Greenwich, CT) assisted Craig for the game-winner with 2:22 showing on the clock.
Amherst out-shot Bowdoin 23-19 on the day, with McEvoy and Collins-Finn each making nine saves. After Bowdoin’s 3-0 run, the Jeffs’ defense held the opposition scoreless for the next 33 minutes and 51 seconds. Scheld finished her impressive day with six ground balls and five caused turnovers without committing a turnover of her own. The Polar Bears fall to 8-5 overall and 3-4 in the conference.
Prior to the start of the game, Amherst recognized its four seniors for their contributions to the women’s lacrosse program. In four years, McEvoy, Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, NY), Gretchen DeLuke (Lewiston, NY) and Kristina Green (London, England) have thus far posted a record of 46-16, have twice earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament, and are on their way to a fourth consecutive appearance in the NESCAC Tournament.
The Lord Jeffs, who improved to 3-0 in overtime games this season, return to action Tuesday, Apr. 22 when they host Tufts University at 7 p.m.