Women’s lax stumbles vs. No. 3 Amherst

Bridget Malicki ’15 notched four assists in the women’s 13-6 loss to rival Amherst last Saturday.
Bridget Malicki ’15 notched four assists in the women’s 13-6 loss to rival Amherst last Saturday.

Women’s lacrosse (12-2, 7-2 in the NESCAC) went 1-1 this week, defeating RPI 13-6 and losing to Amherst 13-6. After the weekend of play, the women saw their national ranking move up one notch to No. 9.

Last Saturday, the women took on NESCAC rival Amherst at Cole Field in the biggest game of the year. Amherst came into the game with a perfect 14-0 record and was ranked No. 3 in the nation. The Ephs’ offense dominated the start of the game, going up 4-1 on the Jeffs in the first 10 minutes. Amherst’s Krista Zsitvay proceeded to score back-to-back goals that cut the Williams lead to one. After Alyssa Amos ’15 zipped a goal past the Jeffs’ defense to extend the lead back to two, the Jeffs tied the game off two free position shots coming from their veteran attack. The first half ended in a gridlock, 5-5.

Amos opened the second half with another goal, with Bridget Malicki ’15 providing the assist to bring the score to 6-5 in Williams’ favor. That would be the last goal of the day for the Ephs as goalie Christy Forrest and the rest of the Jeffs’ defense proved to be impenetrable to the Ephs’ offensive attack. Priscilla Tyler scored three consecutive goals to put the Jeffs up 8-6, and that spark carried her team the rest of the way. Amherst scored another five goals to capture the 13-6 win. Tri-captain Ali Piltch ’14 totaled an incredible 10 saves in the matchup, but the Ephs’ defense could not contain the Jeffs’ offense. It was the Ephs’ second conference loss of the season.

“Amherst was a very strong team,” Piltch said. “While we were disappointed with the loss, the

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team played hard for sixty minutes. I don’t think the score reflected our effort.”

The Ephs traveled to Troy, N.Y., to take on the Engineers last Wednesday in hopes of capturing their tenth-consecutive win and snapping the Engineers’ seven-game win streak. Williams found itself tied at 4-4 with just under 11 minutes to play in the first half when tri-captain Rebecca McGovern ’14 netted a goal off a free position shot that opened up a four-goal scoring spree to close out the first half. Midfielder Nancy Palmer ’15 provided the last two goals of the half and the Ephs went into halftime up 8-4, carrying all the momentum. RPI scored two early goals in the second half to bring the score to 9-6, but Piltch and the Ephs’ defense shut out the Engineers for the remaining 20 minutes to prevent any second half comeback. Amos, Malicki, Hilary Cook ’15 and Micaela Dussel ’16 all scored one goal apiece in the final 12 minutes of the game, extending Williams’ lead to 13-6 and securing the victory. The win gave Williams its first 12-win season since 2010 and extended its winning streak to 10 games.

The women face Middlebury today before finding out their opponent for the first round of the NESCAC playoffs this Saturday.