SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Trailing 8-7 with 4:55 left in the fourth quarter, No. 5 Amherst College scored three unanswered goals to lift the Purple & White to a hard-fought, 10-8 victory over Western New England University Tuesday evening at Golden Bear Stadium in Springfield, Mass.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-0 on the season, while Western New England falls to 0-3 overall. The Purple & White are back in action Saturday, March 11 at No. 11 Bates College at 1 p.m. in Lewiston, Maine.
In a first period that saw just one goal scored – a marker with just 1:11 to play in the quarter by Western New England's Nicholas Beauchamp, assisted by Michael Wilkins – the Golden Bears held a 15-8 lead in shots in the first 15 minutes.
The hosts extended their lead to 2-0 early in the second quarter when Marc Fiocco scored an unassisted goal just 40 seconds into the restart. Amherst quickly responded as Chris Albanese '17 scored on a feed from classmate Matt Killian before Evan Wolf '19 tied the game at 2-2 with an unassisted score at the 12:37 mark. Beauchamp and Andrew Ford '19 then exchanged goals, assisted by Nick Gamba and Brogan Mahon '19 respectively, before Western New England took a 4-3 lead with 8:48 on the clock courtesy of a Frank Medlicott goal (from Jared Ward). With 4:18 to play in the first half, Ford netted his second goal of the frame on a pass from Wolf, while Max Keeley '18 found the nylon on an unassisted score with 1:19 to play in the stanza to give Amherst a narrow, 5-4 lead at intermission.
In the third quarter both teams scored two goals as Jon Coffey '20 scored a man-up goal following a nice dish from Brett Inglesby '18 to give the Purple & White a 6-4 edge. Medlicott then capitalized on a feed from Fiocco to make it 6-5 before Connor Sheehan '18 fired the visitors back to a two-goal lead (7-5) following a nice pass from Killian with 4:20 to play in the period. With just 70 seconds to play in the quarter, Fiocco narrowed the gap back to one with an unassisted goal to make it 7-6 heading to the fourth quarter.
In the fourth stanza, an early goal at the 13:28 mark by Gamba tied the game as Beauchamp provided the assist to set the score at 7-7. Ward then put Western New England ahead, 8-7 at the 6:15 mark but the lead did not last as Mahon struck at the 4:55 mark following a dish from Ford to level the game once more at 8-8. With 3:10 to play, Killian found the back of the net before Jack Norton '18 netted Amherst's 10th goal to set the final score at 10-8.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Cody Tranbarger '17 picked up nine saves in the winning effort including four in the first quarter to improve to 2-0 on the season.
- Tranbarger and first-year faceoff specialist Dylan Finazzo registered a team-high five ground balls each, while Ford and Killian caused three turnovers each.
- Ford finished with two goals as nine different players scored for the Purple & White, while Killian accounted for two of the team's six assists. Finazzo was 9-for-19 in faceoffs.
- Western New England goalie Steven Kerr made 17 saves in the losing effort, while three different players scored two goals each for the Golden Bears.
- Kerr picked up a game-high eight ground balls in the loss, while Ward followed with four. Oskar Djusberg was 11-for-21 in faceoffs.