AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College's Chris Albanese '17 scored five goals, but No. 13 Wesleyan University used a seven-goal effort from Tom Dupont and scored seven times in the third quarter to help the Cardinals pull away to a 17-13 victory over the 11th-ranked Mammoths in Wednesday evening's NESCAC and Little III contest at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 7-3 overall, 3-2 in NESCAC play, while Wesleyan improves to 8-1 on the season, 4-1 in conference action. The Mammoths are back in action Saturday, April 8 at Colby College at 1 p.m. in Waterville, Maine.
In the early stages of the first quarter, Amherst drew first blood when Albanese fired in a man-up goal following a pass from Trenton Shore '19 at the 12:20 mark to make it 1-0. Wesleyan answered with a stretch of three straight goals, each assisted by Christian Barker, as Harry Stanton, Cole Turpin and Taylor Ghesquiere each found the back of the net to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead with 5:58 to play in the stanza. The Mammoths answered as Andrew Ford '19 scored on a feed from Jack Norton '19, before Brogan Mahon '19 capitalized on a pass from Colin Minicus '20 to make it 3-3 after 15 minutes of play.
The second quarter took similar shape as Amherst broke the deadlock through Matt Killian '17 who found nylon at the 13:28 mark with help from Norton. Stanton and Ghesquiere then netted back-to-back markers to put the visitors ahead, 5-4 with 6:46 remaining in the period. Quinn Mendelson provided the assist on Stanton's tally. Mahon then found Albanese for two goals in just over a 30 second span as Amherst regained a 6-5 edge. With 32 ticks on the clock in the second quarter, Dupont fired in the final goal of the half to make it 6-6 at intermission.
In the second half the Cardinals notched four straight scores as Dupont scored twice, while Stanton and Turpin each found the back of the cage to make it 10-6 with 8:16 to play. Shore and Dupont then exchanged scores to keep it a four-goal differential, before Albanese struck again, followed by Minicus on the extra-man opportunity with 5:36 to play, to pull the Mammoths to within two at 11-9. Jake Cresta then found Dupont at the 4:23 mark to extend the lead back to three goals, but Albanese once again answered for Amherst making it 12-10 with just under two minutes to play in the frame. Barker and Dupont then combined for a Wesleyan goal with 17 seconds on the clock that gave the Cardinals a 13-10 cushion after three quarters.
After Dupont's seventh goal of the game gave Wesleyan a 14-10 lead, at the 12:11 mark, Amherst cut its deficit to two when Shore scored an unassisted goal, followed by Zach Schwartz '19 who torched the net on the man-advantage with an assist from Mahon to make it 14-12 with 6:01 to play. Ghesquiere then scored back-to-back goals, while Carter Hawthorne added one to run the Cardinals' lead to 17-12 with less than a minute to play. Minicus then notched a man-up goal (assisted by Shore) with 16 seconds left to set the final score at 17-13.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Amherst goalie Cody Tranbarger '17 made 10 stops in the losing effort, while Dylan Finazzo '20 was terrific in faceoffs going 26-for-34 with 14 ground balls.
- Killian and Jordan Sanford '19 added four ground balls each, while Jamie Smith '19 led the team with four caused turnovers.
- Ted Bergman made 19 saves to seal the win for Wesleyan, while Ben Shively led the Cardinals with six ground balls.
- Mendelson, Dupont and Andres Rodriguez added four ground balls each, while Cresta notched three caused turnovers.