Amherst College scored 10 goals in the first half and the nationally ranked No. 11 Mammoths posted a 13-2 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Steuben Field on Saturday afternoon.
Hamilton – ranked 24th in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Top 25 poll – drops to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in NESCAC play. No. 11 Amherst remains undefeated at 7-0, including 3-0 in conference play.
Nicole Lyons '18 recorded the 15th goal of her collegiate career when she scored the first goal for Hamilton, making the score 12-1 with 11:14 remaining in the second half. Lyons received a pass from Tessa Ryan '21 on the left side of the net, deked around two defenders and fired the ball past Talia Land (four saves) into the upper-right corner.
Over eight scoreless minutes later, Charlotte Wynn '20 notched the fifth goal of her Hamilton career. Wynn spun around her defender at the top of the arc, switched hands to avoid the crashing defense and put the ball between the legs of Katie Savage (two saves) at 2:45.
Hannah Lease '18 caused a team-high three turnovers and had two ground balls for Hamilton. Wynn also recorded three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Kara Pooley '19 had three draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Led by first-year Maia Noyes, 10 of Amherst's 13 goals were assisted. Noyes dished out three assists to remain the NESCAC leader with 14, and she had one goal, four draw controls, two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Julia Crerend found the back of the net five times and handed out one assist to match a career high with six points. Katherine Malone had two goals and one assist, Lindsey Call had one goal and two assists and Kat Krieg finished with four caused turnovers.
Call gave the Mammoths the early lead 1:38 after the opening draw with the help of Noyes. Crerend scored four of her five goals in the first half. Her goal at 27:06 gave Amherst a 2-0 lead and she made it 9-0 with 3:40 left in the half. Amherst was 3-for-3 on free-position shots and finished with a 23-11 shot advantage.
Hamilton travels to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Wednesday, March 28 for a non-conference game against Skidmore College at 5 p.m.