AMHERST, Mass. – March 13, 2008 - The Amherst College women’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 6-0 lead in its 2008 home opener on Gooding Field and held on for a 13-8 win over visiting Springfield College. Junior Amy Craig netted six goals for the Lord Jeffs, who improve to 2-0 on the season. The Pride falls to 1-1 with the loss.
Amherst capitalized on an early Springfield turnover, as senior tri-captain Maddie Hoeg scored the first goal of the game after just one minute and 14 seconds of action. The Pride was forced to call a timeout 10 minutes into the contest when Hoeg found the back of the net for the third time of the day to give the Jeffs a 4-0 advantage.
The Jeffs added two more goals before sophomore Jennifer Zubkus got herself free and put her team on the board with less than 12 minutes remaining in the opening half. Amherst’s Kathleen Scheld responded with her lone goal of the day on a free position shot, but Zubkus and quad-captain Rachel Lampros tallied the next two goals to cut Springfield’s deficit to four before halftime. Lampros’ score came with just five ticks left on the clock after she carried the ball in from midfield.
The visitors’ momentum continued as they scored the first goal of the second half to make it 7-4 in favor of Amherst, but the Pride traded goals with Craig over the course of the next 19 minutes and was unable to gain any ground. With less than 10 minutes to play in regulation and the hosts leading 11-7, Craig had chalked up five goals to single-handedly preserve the Jeffs’ lead.
Craig and sophomore Christina Hopkins each added another goal for the Jeffs, who held on for the 13-8 victory. Hoeg finished the night with three goals and a pair of assists, while junior midfielder Caki Guinee added three assists of her own. Junior Heather Dobson followed her six-goal performance in the Pride’s season opener with another two goals and an assist against Amherst.
Senior tri-captain Linda McEvoy made six stops for Amherst, while Lauren McAulay had 15 saves for Springfield. The Lord Jeffs held a commanding 31-18 advantage in shots on the day.
Springfield heads south for its annual Spring Break trip and will open up play on Sunday night against Allegheny. First draw is slated for 8:30 pm.