Jeffs Stave Off Washington College, 13-10

Jeffs Stave Off Washington College, 13-10

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Amherst College received a pair of goals and six assists from Quinn Moroney '16 and the sixth-ranked Jeffs erased an early 4-0 deficit en route to a thrilling, 13-10 victory over Washington College on Tuesday afternoon at Mustang Stadium on the campus of Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md.

With the win, Amherst remains unbeaten and improves to 6-0 on the season, while Washington College moves to 1-5 overall.

Amherst had four players score multiple goals, while goalkeeper Cody Tranbarger '17 collected 18 saves to improve to 6-0 between the pipes.

In the opening quarter, Washington College struck for four early goals as Tanner Barbieri scored just 21 seconds into play. At the 12:36 mark, Stephen Goff netted a goal, and less than three minutes later, the Shoremen had a 3-0 cushion when Luke Birnbaum scored following a pass from Goff with 9:49 to play in the period.

Washington College added to its lead at the 7:56 mark when Owen Evans scored a man-up goal following a dish from Adam Smith before Amherst rallied for three quick strikes to close out the period. Charlie Gill '16 fired in a beautiful goal as he fell to the ground in front of net with 5:03 to play, before Michael Litner '16 delivered a bullet from 20 yards out make it 4-2 with 2:54 to play in the quarter. Just eight seconds later, Moroney set up Kane Haffey '16 with his 22nd goal of the campaign to make it 4-3 after 15 minutes of action.

Sam Birnbaum halted the run for the Jeffs with a goal at the 8:54 mark of the second stanza, but a goal by the Purple & White's Patrick Routh '15 with 2:02 to play in the first half set the score at 5-4 in favor of the Shoremen at intermission. Moroney notched his second assist of the game on Routh's goal.

Tranbarger made a pair of outstanding saves to highlight the second quarter, including a pair of point-blank attempts with just under 11 minutes to play. He finished with nine saves in the first half.

In the third quarter, Evans put Washington College ahead, 6-4 with his second man-up goal of the game at the 11:37 mark, but the Jeffs rallied for four straight goals as Matt Killian '17 ignited the Amherst rally with a marker with 10:38 to play in the stanza. A Litner pass then found its way to Chris Albanese '17 who fired in his first of the contest at the 8:27 mark, before Moroney found Haffey once more to set the score at 7-6 with 6:14 left in the third. Kevin Curry '15 then forced a Washington College miscue and he sprinted the length of the field finding Rob Butko '16 who drove the ball into the nylon to set the score at 8-6 with 4:31 on the clock and eventually took that lead into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Routh found the back of the net for a second time after receiving a dish from Moroney at the 12:26 mark. Moroney then netted a goal of his own to make it 10-6 with 11:42 to play in regulation before Stephen Luck stopped the Amherst run 42 seconds later. Moroney found Haffey for a third time 22 seconds later to extend the Purple & White's lead to 11-7, before Luck scored on an assist by Tyler Powers on the man-advantage to make it 11-8 with 9:51 to play. Luck then scored his third consecutive goal for Washington College with 9:27 on the clock to pull the Shoremen back to within two at 11-9. Moroney answered with his second goal of the game to increase the Jeffs' edge to 12-9 with 7:38 to play.

With just over three minutes on the clock, Gill capitalized on a feed from Moroney and scored his second of the game to give Amherst a 13-9 lead. Barbieri then connected for his second of the game following a pass from Powers with 1:58 left to make it a three-goal game (13-10), but Washington College could get no closer as the Jeffs held on for the win.

Moroney, Matt Virgilio '15 and Ryan Cassidy '16 each finished with four groundball pickups in the game, while Cassidy caused three Shoremen turnovers. Haffey finished with seven shots in the winning effort, while Gill and Litner followed with six each.

Following Tuesday's contest, Haffey now has 24 goals, while Moroney has 31 assists.

Luck and Barbieri tabbed 10 shots apiece to lead Washington College, while Michael Trapp picked up 10 groundballs in the losing effort. Jackson Szurley made 12 saves in goal for the Shoremen and suffered the loss.

The Jeffs return to spring trip action on Saturday, March 21 when they take on Hamilton College in a NESCAC contest at 12 p.m. in Orlando, Fla.