AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 5 Amherst College men's lacrosse team used eight goals and an assist from Kane Haffey '16 to help cement the Jeffs' 14-8 victory over non-league rival Springfield College on Tuesday evening at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst remains unblemished and improves to 8-0 on the season, while Springfield moves to 3-4 overall.
After a back-and-forth first five minutes of the opening quarter, Amherst exploded four straight goals as Haffey netted the first of his eight on a pass from Kevin Curry '15 at the 9:21 mark. With a man-advantage, Chris Albanese '17 fired in a feed from Dylan Park '16 to give the Jeffs a 2-0 lead, before Brett Inglesby '18 scored on an assist from Patrick Routh '15 to give the Purple & White a 3-0 lead with 6:32 to play. One minute and 30 seconds later, Park tabbed his first marker of the contest to set the score at 4-0.
Springfield settled and answered with a pair of quick goals as Dylan Sheehan and Bryce Serrielo each found the back of the net with Brendan Boss assisting on Sheehan's goal to help cut the Pride's deficit in half at 4-2 with 2:29 to play in the frame. Matt Killian '17 closed out the scoring for the quarter after receiving a feed from Haffey to make it 5-2.
The second quarter featured three straight goals by Amherst – all from Haffey – as Charlie Gill '16 and Quinn Moroney '16 assisted on the first two markers of the stanza to run the score to 8-3 in favor of the Purple & White. With 2:53 remaining before intermission, Serriello found the cage to set the halftime score at 8-3.
A Gill dish to Haffey at the 13:46 mark of the third quarter gave the Jeffs a 9-3 advantage, before Dom Abate and Boss struck for quick goals at the 12:23 and 11:58 marks to make it 9-5. Moroney then found Haffey for his sixth score of the game, but Tony Laguerre responded with a goal of his own to make it 10-6 with eight minutes remaining. Serriello registered helpers on two of Springfield's three goals in the session.
With 5:51 to play in the third, Gill scorched the nylon on the extra-man opportunity, and then found the back of the net 20 seconds later as Moroney and Park contributed assists to set the score at 12-6 after 45 minutes played.
The fourth quarter saw Sheehan score at the 12:57 mark following a pass from Laguerre to make it 12-7, before Haffey netted a pair of man-up goals at the 6:23 and 5:16 marks to make it 14-7. Moroney provided the helpers to give Amherst the seven-goal cushion. With 4:19 to play, Sheehan found Laguerre for the final score of the contest as the Jeffs closed out the 14-8 victory.
Amherst goalkeeper Cody Tranbarger '17 made 16 saves, including six crucial stops in the fourth frame as Springfield ramped up its pressure. Rob Butko '16 led Amherst with six ground balls, while Park added five. Matt Virgilio '15 chipped in three caused turnovers while Gill and Connor Crump '16 notched two each.
Mark Gonzalez was 15-for-25 from the faceoff dot and picked up eight groundball for the Pride, while goalkeeper Kevin Ostrom made eight saves in the losing effort.
The Purple & White defense was tremendous in fending off the extra-man opportunity for Springfield (1-10), and Amherst took advantage of its own man-advantage opportunities going 4-for-7.
Amherst returns to NESCAC action on Saturday, March 28 when it hosts Middlebury College at 1 p.m. at Pratt Field.