No. 5 Amherst Falls to No. 13 Middlebury, 17-11

No. 5 Amherst Falls to No. 13 Middlebury, 17-11

AMHERST, Mass. – The fifth-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team saw its unbeaten season come to an end Saturday as the Jeffs dropped a 17-11 contest to NESCAC rival and 13th-ranked Middlebury College on Pratt Field.

The Purple & White were riding an eight-game winning streak entering Saturday's showdown as they fall to 8-1 on the year and 3-1 in conference play. With the win, the Panthers improve to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the NESCAC.

Four different players scored two or more goals for the Jeffs as Kane Haffey '16 led the way with three, and Kevin Curry '15, Chris Albanese '17 and Matt Killian '17 each scored two. Quinn Moroney '16 and Dylan Park '16 scored the other Amherst goals, as Park led the team with three assists. Curry had a team-high six groundballs and Matt Virgilio '15 led the team defensively with two caused turnovers. Cody Tranbarger '17 played 58:26 in goal and stopped 13 shots.

Jon Broome and Henry Riehl led Middlebury with four goals each, as three others scored two. Broome also posted a team-high four assists, and John Jackson '18 led all players with 12 groundballs to go along with his two goals. Will Ernst '17 played all 60 minutes in net and stopped 14 shots.

Both teams exchanged goals often in the first quarter with Amherst getting on the board first as Moroney found the back of the net just 25 seconds into play. The visitors retaliated just 1:20 later on an unassisted marker from Tim Giarrusso, but the Jeffs regained the lead at the 12:29 mark with a score from Killian. The trend continued the rest of the quarter as the game was tied at 4-4 entering the second.

The Panthers, however, scored four unanswered goals including the first three of the second quarter to pull ahead, 7-4. Middlebury took advantage of the Jeffs' penalties and went 3-for-3 on man-up opportunities in the first half. Albanese cut the deficit to two with 8:37 to play before the break, but Riehl scored minutes later as the Panthers claimed an 8-5 lead at halftime.

Curry opened the scoring in the second half with a score just 36 seconds into the third quarter, but Middlebury quickly retaliated with scores from Jack Rautiola and Jackson just seconds apart. After a goal by Park roughly 10 minutes later cut the deficit to three, 10-7, the Panthers scored four straight to pull ahead by seven.

Amherst got within five on three occasions, but it was the closest the Jeffs would get the rest of the way as a score by Riehl with under two minutes to play sealed the 17-11 victory.

Middlebury held a 53-39 advantage in shots and a slight 17-16 edge in faceoffs, while both teams tallied 33 groundballs total.

The Jeffs return to action Wednesday, April 1 and will host Little Three rival Wesleyan at 6 p.m.