WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Amherst College sophomore Evan Wolf scored four goals to help spark the 12th-ranked Mammoths to a 13-10 victory over NESCAC and Little III rival Williams College Saturday afternoon at Farley-Lamb Field in Williamstown, Mass.
With the win, Amherst improves to 11-3 overall, 7-2 in NESCAC action and travels to Trinity College Wednesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. for its final regular season contest of the season. Williams moves to 7-7 overall, 4-5 in NESCAC play.
In a closely contested start to the first quarter, Amherst drew first blood when Wolf scored on a feed from Max Keeley '18 at the 9:33 mark, before adding his second goal less than three minutes later with help from Jackson Herrick '20 to give the Mammoths a 2-0 lead. Michael Fahey cut the Williams deficit in half with a man-up goal at the 4:46 mark, but with just six seconds remaining in the first quarter, Wolf recorded his third goal of the frame with another assist from Keeley to make it 3-1 after 15 minutes.
Keeley found the back of the just 1:10 into the second quarter to give the visitors a 4-1 advantage, before Kevin Stump capitalized on a pass from Thomas Fowler to make it 4-2 less than a minute later. Amherst goals by Chris Albanese '17 (from Matt Solberg '20) and Wolf (from Keeley) helped give the Mammoths a 6-2 cushion with 8:59 on the clock, before Fahey scored again to make it 6-3 with 5:05 to play in the second quarter. Brett Inglesby '18 and Stump (assisted by Fahey) then exchanged goals to close out the scoring in the first half as Amherst held a 7-4 lead after 30 minutes of action.
Eight seconds into the second half, Colin Minicus '20 extended the Mammoths' lead to 8-4 when Matt Killian '17 assisted the first-year on a quick strike, but the Ephs fired back as Devlin Nelligan and Duncan Cummings notched back-to-back goals assisted by Maxwell Stukalin and Brendan Hoffman respectively, to make it 8-6 with 10:55 to play. Killian once again connected with Minicus for a third-period score just 44 seconds later and that marker closed out the scoring for the frame as Amherst held a 9-6 edge after 45 minutes.
Brogan Mahon '19 put Amherst ahead by four (10-6) early in the fourth stanza, before Williams again cut the lead to just two as Fowler (from Stump) and Hoffman found the back of the cage to make it 10-8 with 11:44 left in regulation. Inglesby and Herrick answered back for the visitors to make it 12-8 with 5:45 remaining in the game, but the Ephs responded with two more scores as Stump and Fahey once again pulled the hosts to within two (12-10) with just 1:52 on the clock. Ben Fox provided the assist on Stump's score. From there, Albanese sealed the win for the Mammoths when he found nylon with just 23 ticks remaining in regulation to set the final score at 13-10.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Cody Tranbarger '17 earned the win for Amherst in goal, making 10 saves to preserve the victory. Dylan Finazzo '20 picekd up 18 ground balls to lead the Mammoths, while Wolf, Albanese, Keeley, and Killian chipped in three ground balls each.
- Williams was led by three-ground ball efforts from Fahey, Fowler, Hoffman and Rock Stewart, while Stewart, Stump and Henry Hobbs forced two turnovers each.
- In goal, George Peele suffered the loss for the Ephs, making 12 saves between the posts.