Densen Leads Amherst Past Williams on Senior Day, 16-7
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Hillary Densen ’13 had a hand in 10 of Amherst’s 16 goals as the 12th-ranked women’s lacrosse team cruised to a 16-7 win over archrival Williams on Senior Day at Gooding Field.
Holding a 23-18 shot advantage, six different Jeffs factored into the scoring, led by Densen’s four tallies and six helpers. Alex Philie ’14 had five goals and two assists, while fellow junior Krista Zsitvay ’14 netted four scores. Marta Randall ’13 had two goals and a helper, while Meghan Mills ’15 accounted for Amherst’s other tally.
Bridget Malicki ’15 and Rebecca McGovern ’14 each had a goal and an assist to pace the Williams attack. Elizabeth Ryan ’13, Rebecca Bell ’15, Emily Whicker ’13, Sam Weinstein ’13 and Natalie Gill ’16 chipped in with a goal apiece.
Taking an early lead, Zsitvay netted the game’s first score just 2:29 after the opening draw. Finding open space in front, Philie tucked a low shot inside the left post at 22:24 before McGovern passed up a free-position attempt and found Bell for the visitors’ first goal.
Carrying it behind the net, Densen dumped a pass in front to Randall for Amherst’s fourth tally, but Williams responded with a Whicker goal just 52 seconds later. Also assisting on the next two markers, Densen helped stretch the lead to 5-2 before Randall’s wraparound score at the 7:10 mark gave the Jeffs a four-goal cushion.
Gaining control of the ensuing draw, Gill quickly pulled the Ephs back within three with a tally just 14 seconds after the restart. Finishing off a nice run up the middle, Zsitvay made it 7-3 before Densen got on the board to push the lead to five. Hoping to end the half on a positive note, Weinstein converted a free-position to bring Williams within four.
Getting back on track, Amherst netted two goals over the first 1:21 of the second half to take a 10-4 lead. Charging upfield, Randall linked up with Densen on the left side. Firing a shot into the upper right corner, the senior staked the Purple & White to a seven-goal margin. Ryan ended the 3-0 Jeff spurt with a free-position goal at 18:23, but Densen continued to rack up the points, assisting on Mills’ score at 15:57 before coming from behind the cage to tally her fourth goal of the afternoon.
After Zsitvay and McGovern exchanged markers just 53 seconds apart, Philie made it 15-6 at 1:22 with her 17th of the season. Malicki came right back with a score just eight seconds later before Philie capped off the scoring with just 3.6 seconds left on the clock.
Making eight saves, Amherst first-year goalkeeper Christy Forrest improved to 5-3 on the season, while Ali Piltch ’14 made four stops en route to her sixth loss.
The Lord Jeffs wrap up their regular season slate against Trinity on Wednesday, Apr. 24.