Career-best four assists for Pooley '19 in women's lacrosse loss

Kara Pooley '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Kara Pooley '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Amherst College scored the first four goals and led the whole way in the nationally ranked No. 12 Mammoths' 13-10 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Amherst's Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Hamilton (2-3, 1-3 NESCAC) received votes in the most recent Division III Top 25 coaches poll. All four of the Continentals' conference opponents so far this year were ranked in the top 15. Hamilton travels to SUNY Oneonta for a non-conference contest on Tuesday, March 26 at 3 p.m.

Kara Pooley '19 paced the Continentals with a goal and a career-high four assists. Honor Gabriel '21, Sarah Moore '22 and Charlotte Wynn '20 scored two goals each, and Courtney Pierre '21 chipped in a goal and an assist. Wynn won four draw controls and Pierre came away with three, and Emma Knoll '20 led the defense with two caused turnovers. Hannah Burrall '19 made eight saves and scooped up three ground balls.

Isabelle Sennett tallied six goals and Claire Dunbar added four goals and an assist for the Mammoths (5-1, 2-1). Hannah Fox contributed two goals, two assists and four draw controls. Hannah Gustafson won seven draws as Amherst finished with a 16-9 advantage in the category. Maia Noyes registered five draw controls, four ground balls and two caused turnovers, and Kat Krieg recorded four ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers. Kelly Siebert topped the defense with three caused turnovers and Talia Land stopped 12 shots.

Fox's free-position goal with 20:09 remaining in the first half gave the Mammoths a 4-0 advantage. Hamilton had climbed back within 5-3 with 11:05 remaining on goals by Pooley, Moore and Pierre, but Amherst finished the half with another four-goal run and took a 9-3 cushion into the break.

The Mammoths led by as many as seven in the second half at 12-5 with 18:08 to go when Fox found Becky Kendall for a goal. The Continentals held Amherst scoreless for the final 12 minutes and cut their margin to three goals on two tallies by Gabriel and another by Wynn.