Men's Lacrosse

2017 RECORD: 5-2, NESCAC: 2-1; NR: 10TH NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 4 NESCAC APPEARANCES: 14

Clutch Scoring Lifts No. 9 Amherst Past No. 11 Lynchburg, 10-8

Clutch Scoring Lifts No. 9 Amherst Past No. 11 Lynchburg, 10-8

Head Coach Jon Tompson Post Game Interview

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Purple & White outscored the Hornets, 4-1 in the final 20 minutes of play, as the ninth-ranked Amherst College men's lacrosse team posted a hard fought 10-8 victory over No. 11 Lynchburg College Saturday afternoon at the Mustang Classic hosted by Stevenson University.  

With the win, Amherst improves to 3-2 on the season, while Lynchburg falls to 3-4 overall. Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, March 22 when they battle non-conference foe Endicott at home beginning at 6 p.m.

Amherst controlled the pace of play early in the contest as Colin Miniscus '20 notched his sixth goal of the season following an assist by Matt Killian '17 29 seconds into the game to give the Purple & White a 1-0 lead. Evan Wolf '19 then fired in back-to-back man-up goals with Connor Sheehan '18 providing both assists to help Amherst stake a quick 3-0 advantage. Brogan Mahon '19 then found classmate Trenton Shore with 5:13 remaining in the first quarter to give Amherst a 4-0 cushion. With 2:18 on the clock, Lynchburg found the back of the net for the first time in the contest as Colin Dean scored an unassisted marker to make it 4-1 after 15 minutes of action.

The Hornets cut their deficit in half at the 12:48 mark of the second quarter when Harrison Brennan struck for an unassisted score to make it 4-2. A third straight goal by Lynchburg, this one by Andrew Thomas 1:17 later, pulled the Hornets to within one (4-3). Thomas was aided by Seamus McDonald on the tally. Mahon broke the run for Lynchburg with an unassisted goal at the 6:49 mark, but Brennan answered less than a minute later to keep it a one-goal game with Amherst ahead, 5-4. With 1:53 to play in the half, Thomas collected his second goal of the game, assisted by Kevin Rogers, to knot the game at 5-5 at intermission.

In a back-and-forth third period, Robert Logan put Lynchburg ahead, 6-5 at the 11:28 mark, before Minicus answered at the 8:54 mark to tie the game at 6-6. Chris Camarca then put the Hornets back into the lead with an assist by Colin McGuire, but the edge was short-lived as Jordan Sanford '19 fired into the net at the 4:55 mark to make it 7-7. Dylan Finazzo '20 assisted the scoring strike for the Purple & White. Following the ensuing faceoff, Amherst regained the lead five seconds later when Chris Albanese '17 potted his 13th tally of the campaign with an assist by Wolf to give the Purple & White an 8-7 advantage after three quarters.

Minicus gave the Purple & White a two-goal cushion after ten minutes of scoreless action to start the fourth stanza, beating the Hornet netminder at the 5:36 mark to set the score at 9-7. Owens responded for Lynchburg less than a minute later, to make it close down the stretch, but Max Keeley '18 potted the final dagger for the Purple & White with 1:56 remaining in the contest and Cody Tranbarger '17 registered the clutch save on a shot by Owens at the 1:09 mark as Amherst got back in the win column with a 10-8 victory.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Tranbarger '17 (3-2) made 10 saves in goal for Amherst in the winning effort, while CJ Santora racked up 16 stops in the loss for the Hornets.
  • Finazzo recorded a game-high nine ground balls, while Killian and Sam Chen '17 were next on the team with five apiece.
  • Gab Goncalves '19 forced three turnovers, while Killan and Jimmy McAfee '20 were each credited with two caused turnovers in the matchup.
  • Amherst owned a dominative 53-36 advantage in shot differential, including a 26-18 edge in shots on target. 
  • The Purple & White owned the edge in ground balls, 49-37, while both sides claimed 11 face off wins.