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No. 8 Amherst comes back to tip women's lax, 9-8

AMHERST, Mass. -- Priscilla Tyler netted the game winner with 3:42 left in regulation, and Hillary Densen collected three goals and three assists to lead the eighth-ranked Amherst women’s lacrosse team to a 9-8 comeback win over the Bates women's lacrosse team on Sunday.

Trailing 8-6 midway through the second half, the Jeffs rattled off three unanswered goals over a span of 8:14 to pull out the victory. Improving to 3-2 against the Bobcats over the last five meetings and 11-2 since 2001, Amherst picked up its first win of 2013, while Bates fell to 0-3 (0-2 NESCAC).

Tyler scored four times for the second straight game for the Amherst attack. Mia Haughton added a goal and two assists, while Marta Randall ’13 had a goal and a helper.

Sophomore Emma Getsinger (Darien, Conn.) paced Bates with three goals, while junior Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) had a pair of tallies. Sophomore Kathy Yannopoulos (Simsbury, Conn.) finished with a goal and two assists, while junior Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) and first-year Emma Brinkman (Rye, N.Y.) accounted for the Bobcats’ other two scores.

Haughton linked up with Randall for the game’s first tally just 37 seconds after the opening draw. Dodging a couple of defenders, Getsinger pulled Bates even just 1:16 later, ripping a hard shot past first-year goalkeeper Katelyn Salerno. Finding a cutter in front of net, Yannopoulos fed Pierce, who slotted a try into the right side of goal at 21:09 to put the Bobcats on top.

Amherst's Densen had a hand in the next three scores. Passing up a free-position shot inside of the 20-minute mark, the senior dished it to Tyler on the left side of the cage to tie things up. Seven minutes later, Densen found Haughton for her first collegiate goal. The tri-captain then capped off the stretch by finding space on the left side at 8:33 before curling toward net and rifling a goal past first-year goalie Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.).

Battling back, Yannopoulos again found Pierce with a pass to the front of the net before Densen notched her third assist of the afternoon on Tyler’s sixth of the season. With just 11 seconds remaining in the half, first-year Alex Briody (North Kingstown, R.I.) dished to Getsinger, who made a hard run toward the cage, pulling the Bobcats within one at 5-4.

Amherst struck first early in the second when Randall backed off a free-position and instead fed Densen. But a Meedzan man-down goal at 23:39 kicked-off a 4-0 Bobcat run. Eluding a defender while moving to her left, Getsinger tied it at 6-6 before Yannopoulos came through with a wraparound score to pull Bates ahead. Brinkman closed out the stretch with a free-position goal at 14:57 that gave Bates a two-goal margin.

Kick-starting the Jeff rally, Tyler took advantage of a Bates penalty with a man-up score at 11:56 before Densen knotted it at 8-8 with a free-position goal. With time winding down in regulation, Tyler found herself with the ball on the left side. Making a move toward the middle of the field, the sophomore snapped a low shot past Jeffrey to complete the comeback.

Amherst finished with a 23-17 shot advantage and a 14-11 edge in ground balls. Salerno and Christy Forrest, who played the final 14:57, combined to make eight saves, while Jeffrey had seven stops.

Bates will play at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., on Wednesday at 4:30pm.