Tyler, Densen Power Amherst Past Wesleyan, 15-6
Courtesy of Wesleyan Sports Information
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Rattling off the opening eight goals of the game, the 10th-ranked Amherst College women’s lacrosse team raced to a 15-6 NESCAC and Little Three victory over Wesleyan University as Priscilla Tyler ’15 netted a career-high eight goals and Hillary Densen ’13 picked up a goal and a personal-best six assists.
With the Jeffs (6-2, 3-2 NESCAC) scoring 15 goals for the second consecutive game, Tyler had a hat trick before the contest was 17 minutes old while Densen had a goal and four assists by that time as well as Amherst ran off to an 8-0 lead with 11:37 to go in the first half.
Alex Philie ’14 also had two goals among the opening eight before Wesleyan (3-6, 0-5 NESCAC) had its best flurry of the game with three goals in a span of just 39 seconds as Kaylin Berger '13 netted the first of her three goals at 8:15, followed by a Hannah Plappert '16 goal nine seconds later. Thirty second later, Plappert set up sophomore Leah Sherman '15 for a goal as the score stood 8-3 with 7:36 left in the period. The score at halftime favored Amherst, 9-4, as Tyler had four of the Jeff markers.
Densen then set up Tyler for the next two goals, at 24:47 and 21:50 of the second half, for an 11-4 Amherst margin. The Jeffs added three more with Tyler scoring the final two for a 14-4 lead with 4:55 to go. Berger put home Wesleyan's final two goals while Devin O'Connor ’16 netted the last Amherst tally.
Tyler leads Amherst in goals on the year with 24 and has a team-leading 25 points, just ahead of Densen, who has nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points. Berger leads Wesleyan in goals and points with 18 and 21, respectively.
Amherst had a 29-18 margin in shots while scoring on more than half their attempts. Wesleyan keeper Nina Labovich '16 came up with seven saves while Katelyn Salerno ’16 played the first half for Amherst, making one save before Christy Forrest ’16 manned the cage for the final 30 minutes and was stellar, making seven saves and permitting just two goals.
Amherst, which leads the all-time series, 30-11, won its fourth in a row vs. Wesleyan, and captured its 22nd victory in the last 23 meetings with the Cardinals.
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, April 6 with a trip to third-ranked Middlebury while Wesleyan has a journey to No. 6 Colby on Saturday.