Amherst's Four-Goal Rally After Half Powers 9-7 Win Over Conn.

First-year Hillary Densen score two goals, including
the game-winner in Amherst's 9-7 win over Conn.

AMHERST, MA – The 18th-ranked Amherst College women’s lacrosse team scored the first four goals of the second half to blow open a one-goal halftime lead for a 9-7 win over visiting Connecticut College this evening. The Lord Jeffs led just 4-3 at the half, but opened up an 8-3 lead just over nine minutes into the second half, and held on for the two-goal victory. With the result, Amherst improves to 3-1 (2-0 NESCAC) on the year, while Conn. falls to 2-2 (0-2).

Amherst started the game with a pair of unassisted tallies from junior Kelley Trapp (Monterey, CA) and first-year Marta Randall (Monkton, MD). Trapp’s goal came on a beautiful wrap around effort from behind the cage. The Camels responded with a pair of consecutive scores to tie the game 2-2, with scores coming from Sara Christopher and Katelyn Driscoll. Driscoll’s free position tally with 13:59 remaining in the first half marked the last time the Camels would draw even.

With just under six minutes remaining in the first half, Lindsey Moran (Upper Montclair, NJ) scored to put Amherst up 3-2. Just 1:01 later, sophomore Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) finished off a feed from senior co-captain Kathleen Scheld (Yorktown Heights, NY). Conn. scored the final goal of the first half, with just over one and a half minutes remaining, coming off an effort by Kristen Dirmaier.

After only two minutes of second half action, senior Hannah Walker (Greenwich, CT) started what proved to be Amherst’s crucial scoring run with her fourth goal of the season. Rookie Hillary Densen (Summit, NJ) scored the first of her two goals on a back-door cut a few minutes later, taking a pass from Trapp for the goal. Scheld scored her only goal of the night with 23:04 remaining in the second half, before Densen finished off a helper from Walker with 20:48 remaining for the eventual game-winner.

With the flurry, Amherst led by five goals with just over 20 minutes to play. The Camels pressed down the stretch, and scored four of the game’s final goals. Each of Conn.’s remaining goals came off of free position shots, as the Camels went 5-of-7 on free positions during the game. The Camels ran out of time on a comeback, despite goals from Christopher, Brianna Miller and Hope Barone’s second and third tallies of the game.

Amherst sophomore goalie Lamia Harik (Rye Brook, NY) made 10 saves for the win, improving her record to 3-1 on the year. Camel netminder Ashleigh Kowtoniuk made six saves in the loss. The Lord Jeffs will return to action on Saturday in a road conference game at Bowdoin.