Amherst Suffers 9-4 Loss at Ninth-Ranked Colby

Hannah Walker '10 scored a free position goal during Amherst's 9-4 loss at Colby.

From a Colby College release

WATERVILLE, ME – The 20th-ranked Amherst College women’s lacrosse team suffered a 9-4 loss to ninth-ranked Colby College Saturday at Bill Alfond Field. The Mules played one of their best games of the season to improve to 10-2 overall and 5-2 in the NESCAC, while Amherst fell to 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference.

The game was accompanied by heavy snow that fell harder as the day went on. Student workers were called on to use shovels to clear the lines in the second half.
Colby first-year attacker Kate Pistel (Amherst, MA) had a big game against her hometown college with four goals on five shots, adding two draw controls and two ground balls. Sophomore midfielder Claire Donegan added one goal and three assists for the hosts.

Marta Randall ’13 (Monkton, MD), Hannah Walker ’10 (Greenwich, CT), Lindsey Moran ’12 (Upper Montclair, NJ) and Wyatt Davis ’13 (Concord, MA) each had an unassisted goal for Amherst.
Colby’s seniors, who were honored before the game, also played key roles. Kathleen Kramer had two goals and is now four points shy of 100 for her career. Amy Campbell and Carly Rapaport each had one goal. Meanwhile, defender Caroline Duke finished with a team-high three caused turnovers, three ground balls and one draw control.
Colby had a 4-1 lead in the first half before the two teams split goals in the final 15 minutes, as the Mules led 5-2 at intermission. Davis brought Amherst to within 5-3 with an unassisted goal with 27:44 to play. The Mules’ defense, though, held the Jeffs scoreless until Moran tallied with 52 seconds left in the game. In between those Amherst goals, Colby’s Kramer, Rapaport, Pistel and Campbell each scored.
The Mules had a 23-14 advantage in shots, including a 14-4 margin in the first half. Colby also helped its cause with a 12-3 margin in draw controls.
Colby goaltender Sarah Warnke had all five of her saves in the second half. Sophomore Lamia Harik (Rye Brook, NY) stopped seven shots for Amherst.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Tuesday, Apr. 20, when they travel to Skidmore College for a 7 p.m. game.