Amherst, Mass. - March 5, 2019 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team fell for the first time in the 2019 season as the Pride dropped a 13-3 decision to nationally-ranked Amherst College at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the loss, the Pride is now 3-1 to start the season, while Amherst, which came into the season No. 6 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) Division III National Rankings and slipped to No. 13 after a 6-5 season-opening loss to Colby, improves to 1-1 on the year.
The Mammoths owned a 26-18 advantage in shots over 60 minutes of play, while it also picked up 19 ground balls compared to the Pride's 15. Amherst also had a 10-8 margin in draw controls. In net, Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) had eight saves on 21 shots, while Talia Land (Larchmont, N.Y.) earned the victory with nine saves in 48:01 of play. Defensively, Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) finished with two caused turnovers, three ground balls and six draw controls on the day.
Amherst College struck first at the 24:10 mark when Claire Dunbar (Lutherville, Md.) set up Katherine Malone (Sudbury, Mass.) for a goal, sparking an 11-0 run that would last until tbe 17:13 mark of the second half. Following Malone's goal, Dunbar capitalized on a free-position chance to make it 2-0 at the 18:55 mark, before Isabelle Sennett (Wilmette, Ill.) pushed the hosts lead to three with a strike at 13:11.
From there, Rebecca Wistreich (Westport, Conn.) scored unassisted, before Dunbar and Cammie Cho (West Hartford, Conn.) both scored with an advantage to send the Mammoths into the locker room with a 6-0 lead at the halftime break.
Coming out in the second half, Amherst took a 10-0 lead with four goals in the first 9:33 of the stanza, as Kaitlyn Haase (Wayland, Mass.) and Hannah Gustafson (Newbury, Mass.) added two markers apiece. The run was capped by a strike from Becky Kendall (West Newton, Mass.), before Taylor Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) broke the silence after scoring on a feed from Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) with 14:39 remaining.
Goddard then set up Katie Campbell (Somers, N.Y.) 2:40 later to bring the Pride back to within nine, but Dunbar and Malone answered with goals to make it 13-2 with 2:45 to play. Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.) scored the final goal of the game, unassisted, with 1:10 remaining.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to No. 6 Middlebury on Sunday, March 10 and take on the Panthers at 1 p.m.