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Women's Lacrosse Falls to No. 11 Amherst, 14-2

Women's Lacrosse Falls to No. 11 Amherst, 14-2

Springfield, Mass. - March 20, 2018 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team fell to nationally-ranked Amherst College, 14-2, on Tuesday evening at Stagg Field. 

With the loss, the Pride is now 4-3 overall while the Mammoths, which were ranked No. 11 in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III National Rankings, improve to 6-0 on the year. Amherst held a 23-10 shot advantage over 60 minutes, while the Mammoths also owned a 12-5 margin on the draw. In net for the Pride, Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) recorded nine saves, while her counterpart, Talia Land (Larchmont, N.Y.) picked up the win with four saves in the contest. Katie Savage (Hebron, Conn.) came on to play the final 5:15 holding the Pride scoreless.

Amherst College scored just 2:47 into the contest when Lindsey Call (Seattle, Wash.) found the back of the net to give the Mammoths a 1-0 lead, before Julia Crerend (New Canaan, Conn.) pushed their lead to a pair on a goal assisted by Call at the 26:49 mark. After back-to-back goals from Katherine Malone (Sudbury, Mass.) pushed Amherst's lead to four, Claire Dunbar (Timonium, Md.) and Kaitlyn Haase (Wayland, Mass.) both converted chance to make it 6-0 with 5:26 to play. 

Springfield College's Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) got the Pride on the board with 2:32 to play with an unassisted strike, but Crerend and Dunbar would both score again before the buzzer sounded, giving the visitors an 8-1 lead at the half. 

Junior attacker Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) went to work around the crease and notched her fifth goal of the season to cut the Pride's deficit to six, but Amherst took over from there, scoring five goals in a span of 8:01 to take a 13-2 advantage, before Dunbar forced a turnover on the clear and tucked a shot into the back of the net to seal the 14-2 win.

Next up, Springfield College will return to Stagg Field on Saturday, March 24 when the Pride will host MIT in its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener at 12 p.m.