Jeffs Come Up Short Against No. 1 Trinity
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. – Despite sophomore Meghan Mills’ two goals, the 12th-ranked Amherst women’s lacrosse team saw its three game win streak come to an end after an 11-6 loss to No. 1 Trinity.
Finishing the regular season with an unblemished 14-0 (9-0 NESCAC) record, the Bantams avenged last season’s 7-6 loss to the Jeffs, which snapped the team’s 27-game regular season win streak. The Bantams face eighth-seeded Tufts in this weekend’s conference championship quarterfinals, while the fifth-seeded Jeffs (9-5, 5-5 NESCAC) square off with fourth-seeded Colby on Saturday, Apr. 27 at 12 p.m.
Racing out to an early lead, Trinity netted three goals in the first 5:15. Hadley Duncan ’13 got things started with an unassisted tally just 1:07 after the opening draw before Kaitlin Hildebrand ’13 and Molly Cox ’15 netted scores 2:14 apart. Caroline Hayes ’15 made it 4-0 with a goal at 18:29 before Mia Haughton ’16 put Amherst on the board by converting a free-position just over a minute later.
Feeding Mills in front, Alex Philie ’14 helped the Jeffs cut the lead in half, but consecutive Hildebrand tallies stretched the margin to 6-2. Closing the first period out strong Mills again beat senior goalkeeper Olivia Whitney ’13 with 2:02 on the clock to pull Amherst back within three.
With neither team able to get anything going offensively through the first 12-plus minutes of the second, Haley Thompson ’13 dumped a pass into Martha Griffin ’16. Quickly spinning away from a defender, the first-year fired a hard shot into the upper right corner to up the Bantam advantage to 7-3. Megan Leonhard ’13 extended the margin to five with a free-position goal at 15:37.
Turning to goal with under 10 minutes to play, Elizabeth Ludlow ’14 rifled a high shot past Whitney, but Shea Kusiak ’14 came right back, weaving through the Amherst defense before notching the Bantams’ ninth score with 7:58 on the clock. Winning the ensuing draw control, Krista Zsitvay ’14 pushed it upfield before slotting a pass to Philie. Feeding Hillary Densen ’13 for a score, Philie helped Amherst inch closer, but Kusiak once again responded, netting another free-position to give Trinity a 10-5 cushion.
Philie finished with two assists, while Zsitvay, Densen, Ludlow and Haughton each got on the board. Hildebrand turned in a hat-trick to pace the Bantams, while Hayes and Kusiak had two goals each.
Trinity finished with a decisive 25-13 shot advantage, while holding a slim 18-17 edge in ground balls. Whitney made six saves en route to her seventh win, while Forrest made 11 stops, falling to 5-4 on the season. The first-year goalkeeper led the Jeffs with six ground balls, while Haughton caused a pair of turnovers. Leonhard and Lindsay Mullaney ’15 each tracked down three ground balls for the Bantams.
2013 NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship
Saturday, April 27 at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Tufts at No. 1 Trinity – 12 p.m.
No. 7 Bates at No. 2 Middlebury – 12 p.m.
No. 6 Hamilton at No. 3 Bowdoin – 12 p.m.
No. 5 Amherst at No. 4 Colby – 12 p.m.
Saturday, May 4 at Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinals – game times at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Highest remaining seed vs. lowest remaining seed
Remaining first round winners
Sunday, May 5
Final – 12 pm