AMHERST, Mass. – In an historic day for the Mammoths, the No. 6 Amherst College men's lacrosse team set new program records in margin of victory (20) and single-game goals (25) in a decisive 25-5 win over Hamilton Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 6-1 on the year and to 3-0 in league action, while Hamilton falls to 1-6 overall (0-4 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field on Wednesday, March 28 when they travel to Springfield for a 7 p.m. non-conference bout.
Trading scores to open the battle, Jack Norton '19 converted on a dish from Brett Inglesby '18 at the 13:59 mark before the visitors counted with a score from Chris Conley just over a minute later to deadlock the contest at 1-1.
Upping their offensive pressure, the Mammoths wrapped up the first period on a 4-0 run, with Jimmy McAfee '20, Jon Coffey '20, Ian Kadish '18 and Evan Wolf '19 each notching markers in the final 10:38 to give Amherst a 5-1 lead.
Needing just 37 seconds to find the back of the net in the second quarter, Inglesby made it 6-1 before Hamilton's Clay McCollum and Chad Morse logged back-to-back goals to cut the Continentals deficit to 6-3.
Responding in a big way, the Mammoths closed out the first half with a 6-1 run. Jack Wolff '19 kicked things off at the 6:55 mark with an assist from Jordan Sanford '18, before sophomores Matt Solberg and Logan Lair each struck in a nine second span to make it 9-3. Wolf added another marker with 4:24 on the clock and sent a helper to Coffey two minutes later before Zach Schwartz '18 tallied the Mammoths final goal of the second stanza with 2:11 play.
Henry Hill got one back for Hamilton 29 seconds before the horn, as the teams entered intermission with Amherst holding a 12-4 lead.
Amherst dominated momentum in the third period, netting eight unanswered goals before Zach Larsen potted a marker to avoid a Hamilton shutout in the quarter.
Dylan Peabody assisted on a Solberg score at the 13:15 mark to get things rolling for the Mammoths before Ethan Kazmierski '21, McAfee and Solberg each notched an unassisted goal. Max Keeley '18, Coffey, Wolf and Lair closed out scoring for Amherst, with Wolf, Drew Kelleher '18, Coffey and Peabody each registering a helper.
Shutting out the Continental's in the fourth stanza, the Mammoths added five goals to the board to clinch the 25-5 victory.
Striking 44 seconds in the quarter, Jackson Herrick '20 made it 21-5, while Trenton Shore '19 capitalized on a Hamilton unnecessary roughness call to notch a player-up score at the 10:18 mark. Logging three more markers before the final whistle,
Luke Mallette '20 potted his first collegiate goal for Amherst with 9:35 remaining in regulation before Schwartz and Shore capped off the historic day with goals at the 9:20 and 3:24 marks, respectively.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Cameron Mitchell '21 (3-1) made two stops in the winning effort, while Chad Simons '21 and Gib Versfeld '21 combined for three saves in relief. Kyle Gately (1-5) took the loss for Hamilton, registering 16 saves, while Max Scheidl made two stops in the final 3:09.
- Dylan Finazzo '20 (10-13) and Kelleher (12-13) led the Mammoths' 26-for-34 effort at the face off dot, while Michael Connolly finished 6-for-19 for Hamilton.
- Kelleher led the contest with five ground balls, while Grant Chryssicas '21 posted a game-high three forced turnovers.
- Amherst owned a dominative 43-10 advantage in shots on target and a 30-19 edge in ground ball pickups.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Today's 20-goal win marks the largest difference in goal-differential in the history of the program in the modern era (1997-present). The previous record was most recently tied on May 6, 2015 when Amherst defeated Castleton by 16 goals, 20-4, in the First Round of NCAAs.
- Hitting the 25-goal threshold represents another historic marker for Amherst. Prior to today, the previous single game scoring high was 22 goals which was hit on March 3, 2017 and on April 27, 2016 in wins over Colby (22-7) and Trinity (22-11).