LEWISTON, Maine – The No. 5 Amherst College men's lacrosse team fell to NESCAC rival No. 11 Bates College, 23-17 Sunday afternoon at Garcelon Field in Lewiston, Maine.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 2-1 on the season, 1-1 in NESCAC action, while Bates improves to 4-0 overall, 2-0 in league play. The Purple & White return to action Friday, March 17 at the Mustang Classic in Owings Mills, Md. when they take on No. 2 RIT at 5:30 p.m.
In the first quarter, Amherst got on the board first at the 12:10 mark as Evan Wolf '19 scored an unassisted goal to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Bates answered with five straight scores as Kyle Weber netted three straight, while Charlie Fay and Wes Shrewsbury added one each to give the Bobcats a 5-1 lead with 6:45 to play in the first frame.
Less than one minute later, the Purple & White answered back as Wolf scored his second of the game – this one on the man advantage and assisted by Connor Sheehan '19 – before Chris Albanese '17 added an unassisted strike to make it 5-3 with 4:47 on the clock. Andrew Small and Jack O'Brien then provided two scores for Bates to extend the lead to 7-3. Trenton Shore '19 found the nylon for Amherst with 37 seconds on the clock after a nice feed from Wolf, but Matt Chlastawa answered back 17 seconds later to give the Bobcats an 8-4 lead after 15 minutes.
Bates quickly extended its lead to 11-4 as Clarke Jones, Chlastawa and Weber each found the back of the net early in the second stanza. Fay and Andrew Melvin provided the assists on the first two goals of the second quarter for the Bobcats.
The Purple & White rallied for three of the final four goals of the first half as Sheehan found Wolf on the extra man opportunity at the 9:47 mark, while Sam Chen '17 added a marker at the 4:04 mark. Wolf then scored his fourth of the half with 2:23 to play to pull Amherst to within five at 12-7 at intermission. Weber added his fifth strike at the 8:53 mark for Bates.
In the third quarter, Jack Norton '19 pulled Amherst to within four with a goal just 27 seconds into the second half. Melvin and Weber then registered back-to-back goals to make it 14-8 in favor of the Bobcats, before Sheehan stroke again on a pass from Shore to make it 14-9 at the 8:26 mark. Sheehan's goal came on the man advantage. Weber and Wolf then exchanged goals with Brogan Mahon '19 dishing out an assist on Wolf's score to make it 15-10. Jones (assisted by Fay) and Wolf (assisted by Norton) pushed the score to 16-11 with 4:06 remaining in the third quarter, before an Albanese goal set up by Colin Minicus '20 on the extra man opportunity, narrowed the Purple & White's deficit to 16-12 with 3:52 to play in the period. The Bobcats responded with three straight tallies as Shrewsbury, Fay and Jones each struck the cage, before Jimmy McAfee '20 found Wolf with eight seconds left to make it 19-13 after 45 minutes of play.
The Purple & White came out firing in the fourth quarter as Luke Mallette '20 scored following a feed from Minicus, while McAfee also capitalized on a pass from McAfee to pull Amherst to within four at 19-15 at the 12:38 mark. Bates pushed the lead back six with tallies by Weber and Chlastawa (from Burke Smith), before Andrew Ford '19 found pay dirt following a pass from Max Keeley '19 at the 7:39 mark to make it 21-16. Jones and Wolf then exchanged goals to set the score at 22-17. With just under four minutes to play, Weber found the net once again to set the final score at 23-17.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Wolf scored eight goals for Amherst in the losing effort, while Ford led the team in ground balls with four. Chen, Matt Killian '17, Sheehan and Albanese followed with three ground balls each.
- Between the pipes Cody Tranbarger '17 made two stops in 15 minutes of action, while Chad Simons '20 turned away 15 shots in 45 minutes of play, including eight saves in the fourth quarter.
- Weber finished with nine goals for Bates, while O'Brien led the squad with 10 ground balls. Jones added four goals, while Fay notched a pair of scores and assisted three others.
- Between the pipes, Mitchell Drake made 20 saves to preserve the win.