AMHERST, Mass. – Colin Minicus '20 and Evan Wolf '19 each netted four markers and Cameron Mitchell '21 racked up 15 stops as the No. 11 Amherst College men's lacrosse team downed Western New England University, 19-10 Tuesday evening at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-0 on the season, while WNE falls to 2-1 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, March 10 when they travel to Bowdoin for a 1 p.m. NESCAC battle.
The Mammoths opened the contest with a 4-1 run, as Wolf and Matt Solberg '20 both found nylon in the opening minute on play. Brendan Lyons responded at the 11:27 mark to cut the home team's lead to one, before Wolf and Grant Chryssicas '21 notched back-to-back goals.
The two sides traded markers through the middle of the period to push the score to 6-3, before Colin Minicus powered a dish from Dylan Finazzo '20 past the Golden Bears goalkeeper to give the Mammoths a 7-3 edge.
Amherst dominated the second stanza, with Brett Inglesby '18, Jackson Herrick '20, Minicus and Jimmy McAfee'20 logging consecutive scores. Beauchamp tallied the final goal of the first half, sending a shot over the goal line with 6:53 on the clock to make it 11-4 heading into intermission.
After an early maker by Minicus to start the third quarter, the Mammoths responded to each WNE goal with two scores of their own as Beauchamp tallied his third goal of the game at the 13:20 mark before Logan Lair '20 and Wolf struck for a goal apiece. After a Jared Newall Golden Bear goal made it 14-6, the Mammoths closed out the stanza with scores by Jon Coffey '20 and Minicus to push their lead to 10.
WNE added four goals to the board in the final 15 minutes of regulation as Jared Ward, Hunter Cocks, Beauchamp and Mitch Weiss each netted a tally, however scores by Wolf, Norton and Trenton Shore '19 stifled any momentum by the visitors as Amherst clinched the 19-10 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Mitchell (1-0) made 15 stops in the winning effort for Amherst, while Gib Versfeld '21 registered two saves in the final 3:57. Steven Kerr (2-1) made 17 stops in the loss for the Golden Bears.
- At the faceoff dot, Finazzo finished 17-for-27, while McAfee picked up a team-high six ground balls and Reid Shilling '21 forced three turnovers.
- Beauchamp led the Golden Bears with four goals and eight shots on target, while Cocks went 12-for-29 at the dot and picked up nine ground balls.