Coffey Leads First Quarter Surge as No. 6 Amherst Downs Endicott, 13-4

Coffey Leads First Quarter Surge as No. 6 Amherst Downs Endicott, 13-4

BEVERLY, Mass. – A six point effort by Jon Coffey '20 highlighted am eight goal first period surge by the Mammoths as the No. 6 Amherst College men's lacrosse team got back in the win column with a 13-4 victory over Endicott Tuesday evening at Melissa Hempstead Stadium.

With the win, Amherst's overall ledger improves to 5-1, while Endicott falls to 0-5 on the season. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, March 24 when they host Hamilton beginning at 1 p.m. 

Tally eight of their 13 goals in the first quarter, the Mammoths opened the contest with a 7-0 run. Striking at the 13:21 mark, Matt Solberg '20 converted on a dish from Coffey to get the Mammoths on the board before Solberg logged a helper of his own less than a minute later on a goal by Evan Wolf '19. 

Potting three straight markers, Coffey extended the Amherst lead to 5-0 on assists from Jimmy McAfee '20, Wolf and Ian Kadish '18 before sending a pass to Solberg for a score at the 6:27 mark. Coffey capped off his sensational six-point first period with an unassisted goal with 3:42 on the clock.

Breaking through at the 1:58 mark, Jack Sutherland got the Gulls on the board following an Amherst holding call, however Jack Norton '19 responded with 27 seconds remaining before the horn to set the score at 8-1 in favor of the visitors. 

In the second stanza each side found nylon, with A.J. MacDonald notching the Gulls lone score at the 6:44 mark and Coffey powering a shot over the goal line for Amherst at the 5:06 mark to make it 9-2 at the half. 

The third quarter once again featured a goal apiece for each side, as Nick Arcadipane registered a goal at the 5:39 mark followed by a Solberg score just over three minutes later.

The Mammoths outscored the Gulls 3-1 in the final 15 minutes of regulation, with Matthew Faucher netting a goal for Endicott and Jordan Sanford '18, Wolf and Connor Sheehan '18 notching markers to lift Amherst to the 13-4 victory. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • In between the pipes, Cameron Mitchell '21 (2-1) racked up 12 saves in 58:35 in the winning effort for Amherst, while Chad Simons '21 saw 1:25 in relief. Patrick Dean (0-5) took the loss for Endicott, making 17 saves for the Gulls.
  • Coffey and McAfee led the contest in ground balls with six and five, respectively, while Sanford led the Mammoths with three forced turnovers.
  • At the face off dot, Dylan Finazzo '20 finished 13-for-20, while Amherst picked up 45 ground balls to Endicott's 27.
  • The Mammoths successfully completed 16-of-18 clear attempts and went 0-for-2 up a player, while the Gulls finished 16-for-29 on clears and went 2-for-6 on player up opportunities.