NESCAC Semifinal: No. 2 Amherst 9, No. 4 Williams 4

NESCAC Semifinal: No. 2 Amherst 9, No. 4 Williams 4

Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information

HARTFORD, Conn. – Sophomore Rachel Passarelli netted five goals to lead Amherst College to a 9-4 victory against Williams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Lacrosse Championship Semifinal action at Sheppard Field on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Lord Jeffs improve to 16-1 on the season and will square off with host and top-seeded Trinity in the NESCAC Championship tomorrow afternoon. The Ephs have now lost three of their last four and now have a 13-4 overall record.

Passarelli had a game-high five points for Amherst, while senior Alex Philie scored a pair. Elizabeth Ludlow and Krista Zsitvay each had two assists for the Lord Jeffs.

Williams had a balanced offensive attack as four different players found the back of the net with Natalie Gill and Stephanie Gallo registering assists.

Amherst jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as Passarelli beat Ephs goalie Ali Piltch twice. With 5:44 remaining in the first half, Williams got on the board and cut the deficit in half as Nancy Palmer buried a shot. The Lord Jeffs closed out the scoring in the opening half as Philie had her first marker of the day to give Amherst a 3-1 advantage heading into the break.

Just under five minutes into the second half, Rebecca Bell scored for Williams to make it a one-goal contest. Amherst responded with two unanswered goals to stetch their lead to three at 5-2. With under 12 minutes left in regulation, the Ephs inched closer as Hilary Cook scored an unassisted tally to make it a 5-3 game. The Lord Jeffs responded with four straight goals to stretch their lead to 9-3. With just six ticks left on the clock, Bridget Malicki scored for Williams.

Christy Forrest earned her 16th win of the season between the pipes for Amherst, turning aside seven shots and causing three turnovers. On the other end, Piltch made nine saves in a losing effort.

Kerry Fusco had a solid game on the defensive end for the Lord Jeffs, causing a trio of turnovers and grabbing a game-high five groundballs. Alyssa Amos and Rebecca McGovern each had a game-best three draw controls for Williams.