No. 9 Jeffs Down No. 8 Williams, 12-8

No. 9 Jeffs Down No. 8 Williams, 12-8

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Quinn Moroney '16 netted five goals and added an assist and becomes the program's all-time points leader in the modern era as the ninth-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team downed No. 8 Williams College, 12-8 in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC and Little Three contest at Farley-Lamb Field.

With the win Amherst improves to 10-1 on the season, 5-1 in NESCAC action, while Williams moves to 7-2 overall, 4-2 in league play.

Moroney, who tied Devin Acton's '14 modern era points record of 222 (set between 2011 and 2014), notched six points in Saturday's contest with archrival Williams and now has 228 points in his stellar career.

Amherst scored four goals in each of the first two quarters and held an 8-3 advantage at intermission. Connor Crump '16 got the scoring started with an unassisted marker at the 13:42 mark, followed by a score by Chris Albanese '17 on a feed from Charlie Gill '16 at the 10:19 mark to give the Jeffs a 2-0 lead. Steven Kiesel put Williams on the board following an assist from Bryson Gilbert-Bono at the 9:24 mark, but back-to-back goals by Moroney at 8:17 and 3:30 gave Amherst a 4-1 lead after 15 minutes of play.

Moroney found the back of the net for a third time just 1:45 into the second stanza as he scored on a sensational dish from Rob Butko '16, before the Ephs answered through Michael Fahey to make it 5-2. Butko then collected a goal of his own, and Moroney fired in two more to give the Purple & White a commanding 8-2 advantage with 6:20 to play in the second quarter. With 3:21 to play in the frame, Thomas Fowler netted a goal for Williams to set the score at 8-3 at halftime after receiving a pass from Andy Grabowski.

In the third period, Tanner MacIvor delivered an unassisted goal at 11:25, and Gill responded for Amherst with 5:05 to play in the quarter following a feed from Moroney to close out the scoring for the session with the Jeffs holding a 9-4 cushion.

Albanese opened the scoring in the fourth stanza and then fed Dylan Park '16 who notched a man-up marker with 12:44 to play to make it 11-4. MacIvor (from Kiesel) and Grabowski then slotted in back-to-back goals to pull the Ephs to within five at 11-6 with 10:52 remaining in the quarter. Kane Haffey '16 then scorched the nylon for his lone goal of the contest to make it 12-6, before Jack Lauroesch and Kiesel tabbed goals to set the score at 12-8 with 3:09 to play. That's as close as Williams could get as Amherst pulled away to its second consecutive Little Three title.

Cody Tranbarger '17 picked up his 10th win between the pipes to improve to 10-1 overall, making 13 saves in the process, including seven in the second quarter. Williams's goalie Dan Whittam made 14 stops in the losing effort.

Moroney and Butko led Amherst with six groundballs each, while Ian Kadish '18 picked up five.

Brian Bissell led all players with eight groundballs, while Whittam notched six. Riley Hoffman contributed five groundball pickups and caused three opponent turnovers for the Ephs.

Amherst returns to NESCAC play Tuesday, April 7 when it hosts Connecticut College at 4:30 p.m. at Gooding Field.