NEW LONDON, Conn.--Taylor Thomas (Needham, Mass.) had three goals, one assist and two draw controls to lead the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team to a 10-8 victory against 10th ranked Amherst College in NESCAC women's lacrosse action Wednesday night.
With their second consecutive triumph, the Camels improve their record to 4-7 with a 1-6 mark in league play. Amherst suffered its second straight setback, falling to 6-4 with a 3-4 record in the NESCAC.
Senior Bri Miller (Sudbury, Mass.) chipped in with two goals and three ground balls and is just two scores away from reaching the 100 goal barrier. Caroline Moore (Ridgewood, N.J.) had a goal and an assist for the winning side.
Junior Caitlin Cataldo (Orange, Conn.) had four ground balls and seven saves in the triumph.
Amherst College senior Hillary Densen (Summit, N.J.) scored twice to lead the visitors. Mia Haughton (Princeton, N.J.) registered a goal and an assist for the Lord Jeffs.
Sophomore Meghan Mills (Far Hills, N.J.) added a goal, two draw controls, three ground balls and four caused turnovers in the setback. Christy Forrest (Madison, Conn.) made eight saves in the loss.
Marta Randall (Monkton, Md.) put the visitors on top 1-0 with 18:20 remaining in the opening half. But the Camels responded with a 4-0 goal to take control of the contest in the first stanza.
Heidi Halsted (Mill Valley, Calif.) and Lowell Abbott (Manchester, Mass.) buried free position goals. Then, with 6:11 remaining, Thomas weaved her way through the Amherst for another Came goal. Charlotte McAuley (Summit, N.J.) closed out the first half run when she scored on a feed from Izzy Marx (Ridgewood, N.J.). Caroline Holliday (Newark, Del.) countered for Amherst with a free position goal at the 1:39 mark to make it a 4-2 game at the break.
The Camels continued to pressure Amherst in the second stanza, netting three of the first goals. When Miller scored with 20:16 remaining, the hosts enjoyed an 8-3 advantage. Amherst got one back to make it an 8-4 game and then play was delayed with 16:10 left due to the inclement weather in the region.
When play resumed, the Camels cashed in on two more free positions coming off the stick of Thomas and Miller to build a 10-5 advantage with 13:05 remaining.
Densen tried to rally the Lord Jeffs with a pair of scoring strikes but it was not enough and the Camels celebrated with their first NESCAC win.
Amherst held a 26-to-19 advantage in shots but the Camels finished with a slim 15-to-14 edge in ground balls.