AMHERST, Mass. – Never trailing, the No. 12 Amherst College men's lacrosse team used a five-score effort from Colin Minicus '20 and an eight goal second period to open the 2018 season with a dominant, 22-7 victory over Colby College Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst starts its season with a 1-0 overall ledger and a 1-0 mark in league play, while Colby begins its campaign with a 0-1 overall record (0-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, March 6 when they host Western New England in a 6 p.m. non-conference clash.
Hitting their stride midway through the first stanza, the Mammoths went on a 3-0 run to break the early 0-0 deadlock, with Andrew Ford '19 opening up scoring at the 6:53 mark on a dish from Jimmy McAfee '20. McAfee then added a score of his own with 2:15 on the clock, before Ford struck once more 14 seconds later.
Getting the Mules on the board, Tucker Dietrick netted the visitors' lone score of the stanza while up a player to make it 3-1 after 15 minutes of action.
Responding in a big way, Amherst tallied six unanswered markers in the first nine minutes of the second period, with Trenton Shore '19 logging a man-up score, Ford, Evan Wolf '19, Minicus and Matt Solberg '20 finding nylon while at even strength and McAfee capping off the run with a goal at the 6:34 mark while down a player.
Colby's first score of the second came with 5:21 remaining, with C.J. Hassan tallying the Mules second man-advantage score of the battle to make 9-2 in favor of the home team. The final minutes of the first half saw each side strike twice, as Minicus and Solberg recorded back-to-back goals before Dietrick and Don Vivian responded in kind to set the score at 11-4 heading into intermission.
Holding momentum throughout the second half, Amherst once again added 11 points to the board while holding Colby to just three goals to secure the 22-7 victory.
Minicus and Wolf both logged three scores in the final 30 minutes of play, while Jack Norton '19, Dylan Finazzo '20, Jack Hutchinson '21, Max Keeley '18 and Zach Schwartz '18 chipped in a goal each. Hassan, Mason Brady and Yuta Murata were the goal scorers for the Mules.
BY THE NUMBERS
- One of three Mammoths to see action in between the pipes, Gib Versfeld '21 ( 1-0) registered two stops in the first half in the winning effort, while Cameron Mitchell '21 made five stops in 27:31 and Chad Simmons '20 made one save in 2:29. C.J. Layton (0-1) recorded 14 saves in the loss for Colby.
- At the faceoff dot, Finazzo was 15-of-21, while Drew Kelleher '18 went 7-for-8. Five different Mammoths picked up three ground balls and Tamer Sullivan '21 and Jordan Sanford '18 each caused a game-high three turnovers.
- Dietrick led the Mules with four shots on target, while Brad McCarthy earned three ground ball pickups and forced two turnovers. Joe Paolatto went 4-for-18 at the dot and Jung Shin finished 3-for-11.