Amherst, Mass. - March 29, 2011 - Despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes of the game, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team lost a hard-fought contest at 18th-ranked Amherst College, 6-4, in non-conference action on Tuesday evening.
Springfield was held to single-digit goals for the second game in a row as it had its three-game winning streak snapped to fall to 4-2.
Amherst, which entered the game ranked 18th in this week's IWLCA Poll, improve to 4-2 on the year.
Meredith LaRose and Marta Randall each scored a pair of goals, while Julia Viani tallied three assists to lead the Jeffs. Meghan Flanagan scored twice and Meagan Dobson recorded three assists for the Pride.
Springfield held a 3-0 lead after 11 minutes thanks to a goal from Jackie Moscardelli and back-to-back scores from Flanagan, with Dobson providing assists on the first two goals. The Pride seemed poised to pick up their first-ever win over Amherst, but they would be held scoreless for 41 minutes and 23 seconds after the initial three-goal burst.
The Jeffs bounced back with four scores in a span of 6:37, taking their first lead of the game with 12:31 to play in the opening half. After Kelley Trapp put Amherst on the board, Randall beat Springfield goalie Anne Versprille with a high shot into the top corner to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Viani then found classmate Meredith LaRose with a pass through traffic, and the defender buried a hard shot into the back of the net. Randall added her second goal of the day off a feed from Trapp, and the Jeffs carried a 4-3 advantage into halftime.
Amherst doubled its lead five minutes into the second frame when LaRose scored her second of the day, once again off an impressive Viani entry pass. Viani then found Hillary Densen to extended the Amherst lead to 6-3 with 14:05 to go.
Springfield made it interesting by cutting the deficit to two on a goal from Kelly Gallo with eight minutes remaining, but Amherst stayed strong defensively and held on for the 6-4 win.
Amherst goalie Lamia Harik totaled four saves, while Versprille finished the game with three saves for Springfield, which held a 15-13 advantage in shots.
The Pride will return home for its first home game since March 3 as it battles Plymouth State in a non-conference clash at 6:00 pm.