AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 9 Amherst College men's lacrosse team used an eight-point effort from Quinn Moroney '16 and three goals apiece from Kane Haffey '16 and Chris Albanese '17 to help the Jeffs stake a 16-10 win over No. 6 Endicott College in non-league play on Friday evening at Pratt Field.
With the win, Amherst remains unbeaten and improves to 5-0 on the season, while Endicott suffers its first setback of the 2015 campaign and moves to 5-1 overall.
In the first quarter, Amherst pushed across the first score of the game when Albanese fired in a goal at the 12:38 mark following a pass from Haffey. Patrick Routh '15 then netted an unassisted marker at the 9:14 mark to give the Jeffs a 2-0 lead. Jeremy Morgan answered less than a minute later for Endicott to set the score at 2-1 before Haffey found the back of the net following a feed from Kevin Curry '15 with 7:29 to play. After 15 minutes of play, the Purple & White held a slim 3-1 advantage.
In the second frame, Dylan Park '16 scored at the 9:47 mark on the first of Moroney's six helpers to extend the lead to 4-1. Colin Bannon responded for the Gulls after receiving a pass from Jonathan Morgan to make it 4-2 before Amherst exploded for five unanswered goals in the final 7:21 of the second quarter.
Matt Killian '17 and Moroney each netted unassisted goals, while Michael Litner '16 and Haffey both capitalized on stellar distribution from Moroney to increase the gap to six goals (8-2). Litner's strike came on the extra-man opportunity. Albanese capped the scoring in the first half with his second of the contest to give the Jeffs a 9-2 lead at intermission.
Amherst goalkeeper Cody Tranbarger '17 made seven stops in the first quarter and three in the second to finish with 10 saves in the first 30 minutes of action. Cameron Bell made 18 of his 22 saves in the first 30 minutes, 10 of which came in the second stanza.
Kyle Weber netted the first goal of the third quarter just 36 seconds into the frame following a dish from Harrison Cotter, but Albanese and the Jeffs were quick to answer when he scorched the nylon for a third time following an assist from Moroney which set the score at 10-3 with 12:09 remaining in the period.
Four straight goals by the Gulls pulled the visitors back to within three at 10-7 as Weber scored twice, while Cotter and Bannon each tabbed a goal. Jeremy Morgan had a pair of helpers, while Cotter and Bannon added an assist each during the stretch.
Max Keeley '18 halted the rally for Endicott with a goal at the 4:50 mark, and Moroney netted another with 3:06 to play set the score at 12-7 in favor of the Purple & White. Will Jennings then scored on the extra-man opportunity after Nick Pinciaro assisted on the play, while Charlie Gill '16 answered with an extra-man goal of his own with 1:19 to play to set the score at 13-8 after 45 minutes of play.
Amherst pulled away in the fourth quarter as Moroney found Haffey for a goal at the 12:38 mark, before Litner added his second goal of the game with 6:28 to play, making it 15-8. Gulls goals by Bannon and Matt Holzinger narrowed Endicott's deficit to five (15-10) with 4:25 to play, but Gill fired in a goal on Quinn's sixth helper with 1:17 to play to set the final score at 16-10.
Tommy Hughes was terrific at the faceoff dot and recorded 17 groundballs, while Ian Knechtle caused five turnovers.
Bell finished with 22 saves in the losing effort, while Tranbarger notched 16 saves to complete the win for Amherst.
The Purple & White is back in action on Tuesday, March 17 when it takes on Washington College at 4 p.m. in Owings Mills, Pa. during its spring trip.