|Caroline Ross scored four times for the Jumbos
Recap courtesy of Amherst College
AMHERST – Buoyed by a strong second half, the third-ranked Amherst women's lacrosse team remained unbeaten after earning a 15-9 victory over No. 17 Tufts University on Senior Day at Pratt Field.
Off to one of the best starts in program history, the Jeffs improved to 11-0 (8-0 NESCAC), eclipsing a streak of 10-consecutive wins the 2000 squad posted to open its season. Dropping its third-straight game to Amherst, Tufts fell to 7-5 (3-4 NESCAC) on the year.
Getting the Jeffs off to a fast start, Krista Zsitvay put the home team on the board with an unassisted tally just 1:40 after the opening draw. Doubling the Amherst margin, Rachel Passarelli netted her team-high 22nd goal of the season off of a Mia Haughton assist.
After Tufts' Kate Applegate notched the Jumbos' first score at the 21:42 mark of the first, Zsitvay took advantage of a Jumbos' yellow card with a man-up goal that made it 3-1. Battling back, Gabby Horner and Caroline Ross recorded markers just 2:28 apart to suddenly pull the visitors even.
With Tufts trailing 4-3 after a Priscilla Tyler score, Ross converted her second of the day. Passing up a free-position shot, Lindsey Walker then found Kali DiGate on the back-post to give Tufts its first lead of the afternoon. Approaching the five-minute mark, Tyler knotted it at 5-5 with a goal off of a Meghan Mills assist. Winning the ensuing draw, Zsitvay found the back of the net just 13 seconds later to put Amherst back on top.
After a Brigid Bowser score once again tied it, Kerry Fusco made a long run up the right sideline before beating Tufts' goalie Rachel Gallimore. Scoring with 19 seconds left in the first half, Zsitvay upped the margin to 9-6 with a goal 2:04 after the restart.
Trying to keep pace, Annie Artz trimmed the Jumbos' deficit to 9-7 with a goal at 23:38, but consecutive Mills and Alex Philie scores padded the Amherst cushion. Just 58 seconds after notching her 16th goal of the year, Philie made it a five-point affair by making good on a Passarelli feed. Ross buried an unassisted goal with just under 15 minutes remaining in regulation, but Mills, Philie and Sarah Spector tacked on scores in the final six minutes to help seal the Jeff win.
Going a perfect 14 for 14 on its clears, Amherst finished with a 23-19 shots advantage while Tufts held a 14-9 edge in groundballs. Zsitvay paced the Jeffs with five goals with Philie adding three scores. Christy Forrest finished with seven saves en route to her 11th victory for the Purple & White, while Gallimore had three stops. Ross led the Jumbos offensively with four tallies.