Jeffs Extend Win Streak, Defeat Wheaton, 14-5
Contact: Mike O'Brien
NORTON, Mass. – Senior captains Elizabeth Ludlow and Krista Zsitvay scored three goals each to lead the eighth-ranked Amherst College women’s lacrosse team to a decisive 14-5 non-conference road win over Wheaton College Wednesday night.
The Jeffs’ impressive start to the 2014 season continued as they improved to 6-0 overall, scoring at least nine goals in all six contests. With the loss, the Lyons fall to 4-5.
Zsitvay scored three goals on three shots while recording a ground ball and five draw controls. In addition to Ludlow’s three scores, two other Jeffs recorded multiple goal games. Rachel Passarelli ’16 scored twice, registered an assist, grabbed two ground balls and caused a turnover. Priscilla Tyler ’15 also netted two goals while Alex Philie ’14, Sarah Spector ’15, Mia Haughton ’16 and Devin O’Conner ’16 all scored once. Phillie had an excellent game in which she added an assist and lead the team in ground balls (9), draw controls (10) and caused turnovers (7).
Wheaton was led by Brooke Sabol ’16 with two goals while three others recorded one score each. Katy Ananian ’15 and Angela Mallis ’17 had four ground balls apiece to lead the team.
The Jeffs jumped out to hot start, scoring four goals within the first seven minutes of play. After nearly six minutes of scoreless action, Ludlow tacked on Amherst’s fifth score of the game, and her first, following a free position shot.
Adding two more goals shortly after, the Jeffs increased their lead to 7-0 with 10:57 remaining in the first half. Wheaton scored its first goal of the game over a minute later and cut the deficit to five at the 5:39 mark. However, another goal from Passarelli from Philie with 1:46 to go, put the Jeffs up 8-2 heading into the break.
The second half was the same story as Amherst scored early and often. Tyler scored at the 25:59 mark and Zsitvay added another roughly two minutes later as the Jeffs built an eight-goal lead, 10-2.
Ahead 14-3 with 8:11 to go, Sabol added consecutive Wheaton goals in the final minutes but the deficit was too large to overcome as the Jeffs cruised to the win. Amherst held a 17-4 edge in draw controls and 24-13 advantage in shots.
Christy Forrest ’16 started in goal for the Jeffs and made three saves on eight shots in 60 minutes of play. Ananian played a full game between the posts for the Lyons and mad five saves.
Amherst returns to the field Saturday, Mar. 29 for a home game against NESCAC rival Middlebury scheduled for 12 p.m.