NCAA Second Round: Amherst 14, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 8

Amherst Women's Lacrosse

Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information

AMHERST, Mass. – Outscoring the Athenas 6-1 in the final 20 minutes, the Amherst College women's lacrosse team punched its ticket to the Regional Final with a 14-8 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Sunday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium in NCAA Championship Second Round play.

Combining her records as the head coach of the Amherst College women's lacrosse (25 seasons) and field hockey (nine seasons) programs, today's victory marked Chris Paradis' 400th career victory with the Mammoths. She currently ranks fifth all-time in victories at the College.

With the win, Amherst advances to the NCAA Third Round for the fourth straight season and improves to 13-5 on the spring, while Claremont Mudd Scripps closes out the 2019 season with a 16-3 overall ledger. Next up, the Mammoths will battle Catholic University (17-4) on the weekend of May 17-19. 

First to strike, Amherst found the back of the net 2:41 into the matchup as Claire Dunbar hit a wide-open Becky Kendall on a 2-versus-1 fast break for the goal.

Responding with back-to-back goals, Sally Abel tallied a woman-up score at the 24:53 mark with a 10-yard rip into the top left corner to get CMS on the board, before Alex Futterman swerved through three defenders and sent a shot past the Mammoths' keeper 3:30 later. 

A pinpoint pass from Hannah Fox to Isabelle Sennett on the far post stalemated the sides at 2-2 at the 19:31 mark, before Kendall drove a free positon shot five-hole to give the Mammoths a 3-2 edge. 

An Eloise Shields score off a dish from Futterman tied things at three all and a Corie Hack unassisted strike at the 10:40 mark once again put CMS back out in front before Amherst closed out the first half with a 3-1 run to own a 6-5 lead at intermission. 

Finding nylon with 8:22 on the clock, Dunbar drove down the middle and powered a shot through the legs of the Athenas' netminder before free position goals by Sennett and Dani DiTommaso sandwiched a score by CMS's Sammie Cohen. 

Trading goals to open the second half, Dunbar and Sennett potted daggers for the Mammoths and Hack and Emily Cohen tallied markers for the Athenas to push the score to 8-7 with 22:41 remaining in regulation.

A clutch stop by Katie Savage on a free position attempt at the 16:39 mark proved to be a turning point for the Mammoths, with DiTommaso sparking a 6-0 run with her second of three goals on the day less than a minute later.

Cutting to net, Sennett capitalized on a feed from Leah Ritterband to extend Amherst's lead to 10-7, before goals by Katherine Malone, Sennett, Hannah Gustafson and DiTommaso blew the game open and set the score at 14-7 with 4:40 on the clock.

What stood as the battle's final goal came at the 4:18 mark, with Futterman driving through the lane and powering a shot under the bar.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • In between the pipes, Talia Land (13-5) made three saves in 37:19 to earn the win for Amherst, while Savage recorded two stops and held the Athenas to just one goal in the final 22:41 in relief. Anna Gillespie (6-3) racked up 10 saves in the losing effort for CMS.
  • Sennett's five scores were a game-high, while DiTommaso was next on the scoresheet with three goals. Fox and Maia Noyes corralled six and five draw controls, respectively, to lead all players, while Dunbar forced a contest-leading five caused turnovers.
  • The Mammoths owned the edge in draw controls (14-10), shots (29-16) and ground balls (29-21) and went 7-for-11 on free position shots, while CMS finished 0-for-4 on free position opportunities.