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Women's lacrosse falls in season opener

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Despite a collegiate-best four goals and one assist from Colby College's Emma Banks, Amherst College held on for a 13-12 win over ninth-ranked Colby College in NESCAC women's lacrosse on Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.

The Mammoths open the season at 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while the NESCAC defending champion Mules also were playing their first game.
Amherst's Maia Noyes had three goals and four assists and teammate Hannah Gustafson had a key caused turnover in the closing seconds  
By the numbers
* Noyes used her speed to score goals and set up plays on the right side. She had her three goals on just four shots.
* Lindsey Call had a fine all-around game with four goals, one assist, three draw controls, and three caused turnovers for the Mammoths. Julia Crerend and Isabelle Sennett both had two goals.
* Kendall Smith added two goals and one assist for the Mules. 
* Colby had a 29-28 shot advantage, but Amherst goaltender Talia Land stopped 12 shots.
* Sabrina Solow had three caused turnovers for the Mammoths.
* Maddie Hatch had five draw controls, while first-year Grace Langmuir (pictured) and Grace Crowell both had four draws. Jackie Brokaw added two caused turnovers.
Game highlights
* The two teams traded leads in the first and second half. The Mules had leads of 3-1 and went into intermission with a 6-5 margin. Colby scored the first two goals of the second half for an 8-5 margin, but the Mammoths tied the game at 8-8 and never trailed again.
* Hatch and Smith scored goals in the first 2:08 of the second half to give the Mules an 8-5 edge. Amherst, though, had Noyes take over with two goals and one assist in a 4-0 scoring run for a 9-8 lead. Crerend and Claire Dunbar had the other goals.
* Banks scored with 14:50 remaining on a fine individual effort to tie the game at 9-9.
* Noyes had one goal and two assists in a 3-0 scoring run to put Amherst up 12-9. She scored the first goal and then assisted on goals by Sennett and Gustafson.
* Colby refused to give up and received back-to-back goals from Grace Crowell on a free-position shot and the first collegiate goal for Langmuir to cut the lead to one.
* Sennett scored on a free-position shot with 4:38 remaining for Amherst's final goal and a 13-11 lead. Banks scored her fourth of the game on a free-position shot with 57 seconds remaining to set up a wild final minute.
* After winning the draw control, Colby called a timeout with 19.9 seconds remaining. Gustafson came over for a double team and was able to get a piece of the ball to run out the clock.
* Robyn Pirie and Gwen Geisler also had their first collegiate goals for the Mules. Crowell finished with one goal and one assist, while Sasha Fritts had one score.