Amherst Women's Lacrosse Holds Off Bates 8-7 at Home

Senior Hannah Walker scored the game-winner against Bates.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s lacrosse team erased a three-goal deficit early in the first half, and held off Bates College for an 8-7 win in NESCAC action at Gooding Field this afternoon. The win improves Amherst’s record to 5-2 (3-1 NESCAC), while dropping the Bobcats to 2-4 (2-3) on the year.

Bates jumped all over Amherst at the start of the game, scoring a trio of goals in the first six and a half minutes to take a 3-0 lead. Both of the Bobcats’ first two goals were scored by Molly Radis, before Avery Pierce added a third score on a free-position shot with 23:31 remaining in the first half.

Amherst head coach Chris Paradis called a timeout to rally her team, and the Lord Jeffs responded just over a minute later. Senior co-captain Kathleen Scheld (Yorktown Heights, NY) put Amherst on the board with an FPS score, before Kelley Trapp (Monterey, CA) fed a cutting Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) in front of the net for a quick-stick finish in the air. Amherst tied the game 3-3 with 21:39 remaining in the first half on a scored by rookie Marta Randall (Monkton, MD), before gaining the lead just 26 seconds later on a score by classmate Hillary Denson (Summit, NJ).

Bates tied the game on Joan O’Neill’s FPS score just after the midpoint of the first half, but Amherst was able to take a 5-4 lead into halftime after a score by senior Hannah Walker (Greenwich, CT).  Amherst could not hold its lead even five minutes into the second half, as the Bobcats scored at the 28:41 and 25:41 marks. O’Neill scored her second of the game, before putting Bates up 6-5 on a feed to Jenn Brallier for a goal.

The Lord Jeffs answered down the stretch though, scoring three of the final four goals of the game. Sophomore Julia Viani (Concord, NH) finished off a helper from Scheld, before Bates scored its final goal of the day on a Radis FPS. Trapp tied the game at 7-7 with 18:06 to play, and then assisted on what would stand as the game-winner to Walker with 17:26 showing.

Bates pressed down the stretch, and with five minutes left Amherst goalie Lamia Harik (Rye Brook, NY) made her best play of the day by intercepting a pass coming from behind the goal to end a Bates surge. Harik finished the day with six saves, but forced a number of Bobcat shooters to miss the net with her aggressive play between the pipes. Mara Krueger made six saves in goal for Bates in the loss.

Amherst will return to action at home in non-conference play on Thursday night against Wheaton College at 7 p.m.