WATERVILLE, Maine – A four-goal third quarter helped spark No. 11 Amherst College men's lacrosse to a 9-5 victory over Colby College in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC tilt at Harold Alfond Stadium in Waterville, Maine.
With the win, Amherst improves to 8-3 overall, 4-2 in NESCAC action, while Colby moves to 2-8 on the season, 1-5 in league play. The Mammoths return to action on Tuesday, April 11 when they host Conn. College in NESCAC action at 5 p.m. at Gooding Field.
In the first quarter Amherst scored the first two goals of the contest as Colin Minicus '20 struck the back of the cage at the 11:01 mark, while Brogan Mahon '19 added a tally with 7:58 on the clock. Colby responded with two goals of its own as Lane Kadish and Austin Sayre both scored on passes from Colton Michel – both on the man-advantage – to make it 2-2 after 15 minutes of play.
The Mules took a 3-2 lead at the 12:38 mark of the second quarter when Michel found the nylon. The Mammoths answered back through back-to-back scores from Max Keeley '18 in a span of 24 seconds to make it 4-3 in favor of Amherst with 5:06 to play in the half. Michel then found Sayre for a second time, and once again on the extra-man opportunity with less than a minute to play in the quarter as the game was knotted at 4-4 at intermission.
Colby scored the first goal of the third stanza – an unassisted strike by Kevin Seiler at the 10:52 mark – before Amherst struck for four straight goals. Matt Killian '17 kicked off the surge 31 seconds later, while Chris Albanese '17 (from Minicus) and Trenton Shore '19 (from Mahon on the man-advantage) extended the Mammoth's lead to 7-5. An unassisted goal by Albanese at the 4:05 mark gave the visitors an 8-5 cushion after three quarters of play.
After playing nearly a full quarter of scoreless lacrosse in the fourth, Keeley found the back of the net for a third time on the day (assisted by Minicus) to set the final score at 9-5. Amherst outshot Colby, 14-7 in the period.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Cody Tranbarger '17 sealed the win with 16 saves, including five in the second frame, while Dylan Finazzo '20 was 12-for-17 in faceoffs and picked up a team-high six ground balls.
- Jamie Smith '19 added four ground balls, while Shore caused two turnovers in the winning effort.
- Colby was led by Sean Dougherty who totaled three ground balls while eight players added two ground balls each.
- In goal, C.J. Layton suffered the loss, making 11 saves in the process.