Strong Third Quarter Lifts Jeffs Past Hamilton, 13-7

Strong Third Quarter Lifts Jeffs Past Hamilton, 13-7

DAVENPORT, Fla. – The No. 6 Amherst College men's lacrosse team received four goals from Dylan Park '16 and used a five-goal third quarter to help pace the Jeffs to a 13-7 victory over NESCAC rival Hamilton College on Saturday afternoon in Davenport, Fla.

With the win, Amherst remains unbeaten and improves to 7-0 on the season, 3-0 in NESCAC play. With the loss, Hamilton moves to 5-3 overall, 1-3 in NESCAC action.

In a back-and-forth first quarter that saw Amherst and Hamilton tied at 4-4 after 15 minutes of play, Kane Haffey '16 broke the scoreless deadlock with a goal at the 12:50 mark to give the Jeffs a 1-0 lead following a feed from Michael Litner '16. Hamilton answered less than a minute later when Connor Morgan scored on a pass from Pax Anthos to make it 1-1 with 11:05 to play in the period.

Haffey then found Park for the first of his four scores with 10:39 to play, and Quinn Moroney '16 netted his first goal of the contest with 8:54 remaining to give Amherst a 3-1 edge. Anthos pulled a goal back for the Continentals, but Litner found Park for his second goal to set the score at 4-2 with 3:25 to play, before Pat Donahoe and J.D. Brachman fired in goals to even the game at 4-4. Brachman's goal came on the extra-man opportunity and resulted from a Sam Sweet dish to close out the first quarter.

In the second, Purple & White goals by Chris Albanese '17 and Matt Killian '17 bookended a score by Anthos. Moroney notched the assist on Albanese's score, while Sweet provided helper for the Continentals to set the score at 6-5 in favor of the Jeffs at intermission.

The third quarter saw Amherst find the back of the net five times as Moroney found Haffey at the 12:57 mark to kick off the scoring. Thirteen second later, Moroney found Corey Schwab '15 to give the Jeffs a three-goal, 8-5 lead. Moroney, Park and Charlie Gill '16 then provided unassisted goals to give the Purple & White a commanding 11-5 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Matt Hrvatin broke the string of six straight goals by Amherst going back to the end of the second period, as he found nylon following a pass from Michael Alderman. Haffey answered with his third goal of the game on a dish from Max Keeley '18 to make it 12-6 with 6:10 to play. At the 1:02 mark, Sweet found Brachman for a score on the man-advantage, but Amherst answered with a man-up goal of its own as Park capped a stellar outing with his fourth goal on a pass from Moroney with 38 seconds to play to set the final score at 13-7.

Jeffs' goalkeeper Cody Tranbarger '17 finished with 16 saves to help the Purple & White stay undefeated. Carl Lampe '15 notched seven groundballs and was 7-for-14 from the faceoff dot, while Moroney picked up six groundballs of his own. Rob Butko '16 caused three turnovers, and Connor Crump '16 added two to help keep the Hamilton offense off balance.

Continentals' net-minder Will Driscoll made 17 saves and scooped up six groundballs in the losing effort. Trip Connors added five pickups.

Amherst returns to non-league action on Tuesday, March 24 when it hosts Springfield College at 7 p.m. at Gooding Field.