March 11, 2012

No. 17 Amherst Rallies Past No. 18 Bates

from press release

- The 17th-ranked Amherst women's lacrosse team rallied from a three-goal deficit in the final 5:06 of regulation en route to a 11-9 overtime win over #18 Bates on Sunday afternoon at Garcelon Field.

Going winless in their last seven trips to the NESCAC's three Maine schools, the Jeffs notched their first road victory over one of their northern neighbors since Mar. 24, 2007, when they defeated Bates, 10-7.

Allie Horwitz '12 (Woodbridge, Conn.) paced the Amherst (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC) attack with five second half scores, while Marta Randall '13 (Monkton, Md.) added three goals in the win. Caroline Holliday '14 (Newark, Del.) gave the Jeffs their first lead, notching her second tally of the afternoon with 3:40 left in overtime in what proved to be the game winner.

Joan O'Neill '12 scored four times and assisted on another goal for 18th-ranked Bates (1-2, 0-2 NESCAC), which suffered its second home NESCAC loss in as many days. Wally Pierce '14 scored twice and assisted on another, while Jenna Dannis '12 added a pair of goals.

Looking to get the home team off to a fast start, O'Neill scored three goals in the opening 12 minutes, before assisting on first year Kathy Yannopoulos' score with 8:03 left in the first to give Bates a 5-1 lead.

Hoping to get something going, Horwitz capitalized on a Bates yellow card with 4:18 left in the half, tallying her first goal of the season on the man-up advantage. Winning a draw with under three to go in the frame, Amherst closed the gap to two, when Holliday scored from eight meters out to bring the Jeffs back within striking distance.

Holding onto a 7-6 lead in the second, Pierce scored back-to-back goals, one at the 21:29 mark and another at 14:24, to give the Bobcats a three-goal cushion at 9-6.

Still down three with just 5:06 left, Horwitz netted her fourth goal of the game to close the gap to two. Alex Philie '14 (East Sandwich, Mass.) won the ensuing draw for Amherst and the Lord Jeffs called timeout with 4:23 left, before Randall found the mark for the second time in the half to narrow the lead to 9-8.

Continuing to go on the offensive, Claire Bennett '12 (Westfield, N.J.) won the next draw control for Amherst, and with 2:49 on the clock, Bates committed a foul to give Randall a free-position shot, which she converted to tie the game at 9-9.

After winning possession in the waning moments of regulation, Randall won Amherst's fourth straight draw to start the overtime, allowing the Jeffs to move into the offensive zone. Just 2:20 into the period, Holliday kept the visitors' comeback bid rolling, scoring on the first shot of extra time to pull the Lord Jeffs ahead.

Bates' SooHee Yoon '14 finally won a draw for the Bobcats at the halfway point of the overtime, allowing O'Neill to register the Bobcats' first shot since 11:18 remained in the second half.

Heading back the other way on a successful clear following O'Neill's try that veered wide, Amherst drew another foul in the Bates box, giving Horwitz another free-position attempt, which she converted for a 11-9 lead with 33 seconds to go, sealing the win.

Amherst won 14-of-24 draws, including five of the last six. Despite getting outshot by a 22-20 margin, the Jeffs converted 4-of-7 free-position attempts, while Bates went just 2-for-4.

Lamia Harik '12 (Rye Brook, N.Y.) made seven saves for Amherst to even her record at 1-1, while O'Connor made six stops.

The Lord Jeffs return to action on Saturday, Mar. 17 when they play host to Bowdoin in their Gooding Field opener at 11 a.m.

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