SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Ninth-ranked Amherst College received nine points from Kane Haffey '16, and scored eight goals in the first quarter of action en route to a 16-7 victory over Skidmore College in non-conference action at Wachenheim Field.
With the win, Amherst remains unbeaten and improves to 4-0 on the season, while Skimore moves to 1-3 overall.
Amherst exploded for eight unanswered goals in the first quarter as Haffey netted three of his seven goals and added two assists to highlight the opening 15 minutes. Drew Kelleher '18, Patrick Routh '15, Chris Albanese '17, Kevin Curry '15 and Dylan Park '16 each added a goal, while while Quinn Moroney '16 chipped in three assists. Curry also added a helper early in the stanza.
With one second remaining in the first quarter, Jack Curry put Skidmore on the board following an assist from RJ Caruso to set the score at 8-1 after one period of play.
In a low-scoring second frame, Haffey capitalized on a pass from Michael Litner '16 at the 9:48 mark. Josh Trachtenberg and Andrew DeStefano each scored in the session for the Thoroughbreds with Brendan Halloran assisting on Trachtenberg's goal to set the score to 9-3 at halftime.
The Purple & White picked up where it left off to start the third quarter as Haffey netted a man-up goal following a feed from Moroney just 15 seconds into the stanza to ignite a 5-0 quarter for the Jeffs. Haffey added another marker after receiving a pass from Charlie Gill '16 who then found the back of the net himself to give Amherst a commanding, 12-3 lead. Connor Crump '16 capped the scoring in the quarter with a pair of unassisted goals to set the score at 14-3 after 45 minutes.
In the fourth, Skidmore outscored Amherst, 4-2 behind a pair of strikes from Jack Metzler, and one each from Cody Legeza and Ian Maag. Curry and Haffey fired in one more goal each as Moroney notched his fifth assist of the game (and 19th of the season) on Haffey's seventh score of the contest and 18th goal of the 2015 campaign.
Cody Tranbarger '17 (4-0) picked up his fourth win of the season in 52:43 of action making nine saves. Rob Dickinson '15 and Thomas Gilligan '16 each played just under four minutes as Dickinson registered four saves to help close out the win.
Curry, Kelleher and Matt Virgilio '15 picked up three groundballs each, while Kelleher was 9-for-14 from the faceoff dot.
Amherst returns to non-league action on Friday, March 13 when it hosts No. 6 Endicott College at 6 p.m. on Pratt Field.