Amherst Bests Wheaton, 14-5

Amherst Bests Wheaton, 14-5

Bush picks up 50th career assist, now fourth all-time in program history

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team lost to Amherst College, 14-5, in non-conference action on Wednesday night at Nordin Field.

Wheaton sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) paced the Lyons with two tallies, while senior co-captain Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) and sophomores Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) and Madison Cohen (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) each netted one goal. Mills and sophomore Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) both had an assist. Bush's lone helper, which occurred at the end of the first half was her 50th in her career. She is now fourth all-time in program history.

Amherst seniors Elizabeth Ludlow (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and Krista Zsitvay (New Vernon, N.J./Bernards) each recorded hat tricks, while junior Priscilla Tyler (Providence, R.I./Wheeler School) and sophomore Rachel Passarelli (Hamden, Conn./Hopkins) recorded two goals, respectively.

Wheaton junior Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) turned away five shots and is now two away from registering 300 career saves. Amherst sophomore Christy Forrest (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hard) deflected three shots and picked up her sixth consecutive victory.

The Lyons scooped 23 ground balls, while the Jeffs finished with 21. Amherst converted 11 of 13 clear attempts and won 17 of 21 draw controls, highlighted by senior Alex Philie (East Sandwich, Mass./Concord-Carlise), who won ten draws. Wheaton converted 14 of 20 clears and registered 13 shots. Amherst finished with 14 shots and scored three goals on free position attempts.

Passarelli sparked a 7-0 run to commence the contest at 27:27, but the Lyons halted the spurt with back-to-back unassisted strikes by Mills and Cohen. Amherst concluded the stanza with Passarelli's final goal, which provided the Jeffs with an 8-2 lead at the break.

Amherst pushed ahead for good with tallies by Tyler and Zsitvay at 25:59 and 23:35. Wheaton did score three more goals, but it wasn't enough to overcome an eight-goal deficit.

With the win, Amherst improves to 20-1 all-time against Wheaton. Their last meeting with the Lyons occurred in 2011, a game the Jeffs captured by a score of 16-2.

Both Amherst (6-0) and Wheaton (4-5) return to action on Saturday, March 29 with the Jeffs hosting Middlebury College at 12 p.m. and the Lyons entertaining Wellesley College at 1 p.m.

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