Owings Mills, Md. – Despite cutting their deficit to two heading into the final 15 minutes of regulation, a big opening quarter by the Tigers proved too much to overcome for the Mammoths as the No. 10 Amherst College men's lacrosse team fell to top-ranked RIT, 21-16 Saturday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.
With the setback, Amherst suffers its first loss of the year and falls to 4-1 overall, while RIT improves to 6-0 overall. Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, March 21 when they travel to Endicott for a 7 p.m. non-conference bout.
The Tigers came roaring out of the gate, tallying eight straight goals in the first nine minutes. Aidan Milburn opened scoring at the 11:55 mark with an unassisted score, before Quinn Commandant and Ben Tackett found nylon with even strength markers and Tackett added another score while down a player.
The next four RIT goals were all on player-up opportunities, with Ryan Barnable beating the netminder with 7:31 on the clock, Kyle Killen notching back-to-back scores and Trevor Smyth capping off the run.
Getting the Mammoths on the board, Evan Wolf '19 and Jackson Herrick '19 each netted unassisted tallies, however the Tigers responded with two goals of their own to make it 10-2 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second stanza, both sides potted three markers, with Matt Solberg '20, Colin Minicus '20 and Brett Inglesby '18 scoring for Amherst and Shawn Nally, Killen and Milburn logging goals for RIT to set the score at 13-5 at intermission.
Reversing the roles at the start of the second half, the Mammoths outscored the Tigers, 8-2 in the third quarter to cut their deficit to 15-13.
After Herrick and Barnable each netted a marker to start the period, Amherst came battling back with eight consecutive scores, as Trenton Shore '20 and Herrick kicked off the run with goals at the 11:46 and 9:49 marks, respectively. Solberg added a player-up score with 9:26 on the clock, before Jordan Sanford recorded Amherst's third goal in a minute span on a dish from Jimmy McAfee '20 at the 9:15 mark.
Solberg, Jack Norton '19 and Shore finished off the Amherst run, before a Tiger goal by Quinn Commandant closed out scoring in the third and pushed the Mammoth's deficit to two.
A 6-3 fourth stanza by RIT catapulted the Tigers to the win, as makers by Norton, Inglesby and Herrick were not enough to keep Amherst in the win column.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Cameron Mitchell '21 (1-1) racked up 12 saves for the Mammoths in the losing effort. Walker Hare (6-0) earned the win for the Tigers, making eight stops in 40:50, while Holden McDonald registered five saves in 19:10 in relief.
- Amherst went 25-for-41 at the faceoff dot behind a 23-for-37 effort by Dylan Finazzo '20, while RIT finished 16-for-41.
- Finazzo posted a contest-leading 12 ground ball pickups, while five Mammoths forced one turnover each.
- The Tigers owned a slight 50-43 edge in ground balls and went a perfect 4-for-4 on player up opportunities, while Amherst finished 2-for-5 up a player and finished 13-for-15 on clear attempts to RIT's 19-for-25 performance.