AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 12 Amherst College men's lacrosse team used a nine-goal second quarter, and received five scores from Jack Norton '19 to help the Purple & White clinch a 18-14 win over Springfield College Wednesday afternoon at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 6-2 overall, while Springfield moves to 4-2 on the season. Amherst returns to action Saturday, March 25 when it hosts No. 20 Middlebury College in NESCAC action at 12 p.m.
In a tightly contested first quarter which featured stellar defense and solid goalkeeping, Springfield drew first blood as Matthew LaCroix fired in an unassisted goal just 12 seconds into the game. After 7:17 of scoreless lacrosse, Brogan Mahon '19 netted the equalizer to set the score with an assist from Andrew Ford '19, before the Pride went back in front on a Ty Daugstrup goal with just six seconds left in the stanza to make it 2-1.
Springfield went up, 3-1 just 15 seconds into the second quarter as Jack Vail scored on a feed from Brendan Dooley before Amherst answered with four straight goals. Trenton Shore '19 scored on a dish from Jimmy McAfee '20, while Norton, Matt Killian '17 and Max Keeley '18 each found the back of the net to give the Purple & White a 5-3 lead at the 9:32 mark. Dom Abate scored a Springfield marker at the 5:52 mark, and Brett Inglesby '18 answered for the hosts just seconds later to make it 6-4 with 5:01 to play in the stanza. Abate then connected with Vail who struck for his second of the period to make it 6-5. The hosts then closed out the half with four consecutive goals in the final 3:13 Norton bookended the run with assists from Colin Minicus '20 and Dylan Finazzo '20, while Keeley scored twice with help from Norton on the second goal, to make it 10-5 at intermission.
Springfield got off to another fast start as Lucas Habich scored with just 43 seconds elapsed in the third quarter, but Amherst kept the Pride from clawing back as Ian Kadish '18 and Minicus (from Finazzo) responded with goals to make 12-6 with 12 minutes to play in the frame. Tom Hurley then scored for the Pride, before Zach Schwartz '19 delivered a man-up goal on a pass from Connor Sheehan '18 to make it 13-7. Brendan Boss found nylon for Springfield's third goal of the quarter following an assist from Hurley, but three more scores helped the Purple & White stake an 16-8 lead after 45 minutes of play. Sheehan again found the open man on the extra-man opportunity as Minicus scored his second, while Jackson Herrick '20 scored an unassisted goal to make it 15-8 with 1:55 on the clock. Goalie Cody Tranbarger '17 then launched a perfect clearing pass to Norton who ripped a shot past the Springfield net-minder to make it 16-8.
The Pride outscored Amherst, 6-2 in the final 15 minutes as Vail and Abate scored on two key passes from Hurley to make it 16-10 with 11:34 to play in the contest. Goals by Norton (from Killian) and Mahon (from Minicus) extended the lead back to eight with 3:34 to play. Hurley then found the back of the cage three times, while Dooley added a tally to set the final score at 18-14.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Finazzo helped pace Amherst to victory by going 22-for-29 at the faceoff X with a game-high 16 ground balls and two caused turnovers. Killian and Shore added five ground balls each, while Sam Chen '17 had three.
- Finazzo, Chen, Jordan Sanford '19 and McAfee registered two caused turnovers each, while Minicus and Finazzo picked up two assists each in the winning effort.
- In goal, Tranbarger turned away 12 shots, while counterpart Jake Reynolds also finished with 12 saves in the losing effort for Springfield.
- The Pride were led by Dooley and LaCroix who finished with four ground balls each, while Dooley led the squad with four caused turnovers in defeat.