April 25, 2012

Horwitz, Amherst Women Oust Trinity

from press release

- Allie Horwitz '12 (Woodbridge, Conn.) netted the go-ahead goal with just 3:47 remaining in regulation to lift the ninth-ranked Amherst women's lacrosse team to a hard-fought 7-6 win over #3 Trinity.

Snapping the Bantams' (13-1, 9-1 NESCAC) 27-game regular season unbeaten streak, the Jeffs (11-3, 7-3 NESCAC) avenged last year's 9-8 loss to Trinity, while derailing their rivals' bid for a second-consecutive undefeated regular season.

Horwitz finished with two goals on just three shots to lead the Jeff attack, while Marta Randall '13 (Monkton, Md.), who entered the game with 99 career goals, buried a pair of scores to up her career tally to 101. Annelies O'Dea '14 (Pittsford, N.Y.), Elizabeth Ludlow '14 (Huntington, N.Y.) and Hillary Densen '13 (Summit, N.J.) also got on the board for Amherst, which went 3-for-4 on free-position attempts.

Caite Irvine '12 and Caroline Hayes '15 each finished with two goals for a Trinity offense that held a 17-11 shot advantage and a 10-5 edge in draw controls, while Megan Leonhard '13 and Hadley Duncan '13 accounted for the Bantams' other two scores.

Lamia Harik '12 (Rye Brook, N.Y.) made five saves to help hold the NESCAC's second-highest scoring attack to its lowest output of the season, while junior counterpart Olivia Whitney made just two stops in the loss.

Looking to get the visitors off to a fast start, Horwitz won the game's opening draw control before finding a streaking Ludlow, who put the Jeffs on the board just 33 seconds into the contest. With just over 20 minutes to go in the first, O'Dea added to the Amherst cushion, beating Whitney for her fifth goal of 2012 before Randall converted a free-position attempt at 18:11 for her 100th career score.

Less than two minutes later, Randall struck again, finding the back of the Trinity net with the help of another Horwitz assist, before Irvine put the Bantams on the board with a tally at 15:51. Hoping to regain the momentum, Densen quickly answered, scoring her third goal of the season just 28 seconds later, but Hayes netted an unassisted tally at the tail end of the half to trim the home team's deficit to three entering the intermission.

Wanting to set the tone coming out of the break, Hayes snuck a shot past Harik, cutting it to 5-3 just 5:03 into the frame, but Horwitz buried another Jeff free-position to momentarily hold the Bantam attack at bay. Undaunted, Leonhard almost immediately answered, scoring just 12 seconds after the restart before Duncan pulled Trinity within one with a goal at 13:04.

Continuing to go on the offensive, Irvine tied things up at 6-6 with under nine to go, but Horwitz again answered, soon making good on another free-position chance to put Amherst back on top with just 3:47 left in regulation.

Hoping to run out the clock, Alex Philie '14 (East Sandwich, Mass.) promptly won the ensuing draw control, allowing the Amherst offense to pin the Bantams in the defensive zone for the remainder of the game, sealing the win.

Fourth-seeded Amherst will host Bowdoin in the opening round of next weekend's NESCAC Championship slated for Saturday, Apr. 28 at 12 p.m., while top-seeded Trinity opens its title defense against #8 Bates.

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