Dominant Second Half Pushes No. 6 Amherst Past Springfield, 21-11

Dominant Second Half Pushes No. 6 Amherst Past Springfield, 21-11

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Holding the Pride to just two goals in the second half, the Mammoths broke open the matchup in the final two quarters as the No. 6 Amherst College men's lacrosse team rallied past Springfield, 21-11 Wednesday evening at Stagg Field.

With the win, Amherst's overall ledger improves to 7-1, while Springfield falls to 5-3 on the year. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, March 31 when they travel to Middlebury for a 2 p.m. conference bout. 

The two sides came out ready for a battle, with back-and-forth play highlighting the first five minutes of action.

Breaking the deadlock at the 10:22 mark, Max Keeley '18 got the visitors on the board with an unassisted tally before the Pride countered with goals from Duncan Preston and Joe Hawley. 

Evan Wolf '19 converted on a dish from Jon Coffey '20 at the 8:36 mark to push the score to 2-2, however Springfield once again responded two-fold, as Matt Allen and Tommy Nash each beat the Amherst netminder.

Each team potted two more markers before the first horn to make it 6-4 in favor of the home team after the first period. Jon Coffey '20 and Trenton Shore '19 found nylon for the Mammoths at the 4:18 and 1:57 marks, respectively, while Hawley and Chris Cunnington were the goal scorers for the Pride.

Opening the second quarter with a 4-2 run, Matt Solberg '20, Wolf (2) and Brett Inglesby '18 tallied scores for Amherst in response to markers by Lucas Habich and Nash to make it 8-9 with 6:55 to remaining before intermission.

Netting what stood as the Pride's final score of the half, Cameron Glover posted a player-up goal with 5:34 on the clock to regain the home team's one-goal edge. Owning a 10-9 lead at the horn, Solberg and Shore netted two quick markers in a 16 second span to give Amherst its first lead since recording the game's opening goal.

Breaking open the contest in the second half, the Mammoths held the Pride to just two goals and added 11 points to the board to clinch the 21-11 victory. 

Solberg started off Amherst's dominant final 30 minutes, sending a pass from Jimmy McAfee '20 over the goal line at the 12:55 mark before Keeley potted back-to-back unassisted scores to give the visitors a 13-9 cushion.

After a Tom Hurley goal at the 4:52 mark, the Mammoths registered three more scores in the third. Wolf drove a shot into the net while down a player with 3:01 on the clock, before Solberg capitalized on a Springfield slashing call to log his fourth score of the tilt and Coffey extended Amherst's lead to 16-10 with nine seconds remaining in the period with an assist from Inglesby.

Potting the first goal of the fourth stanza and what stood to be Springfield's final score, Hawley brought the Pride back within five, 16-11, with 8:02 remaining in regulation. 

The Mammoths capped off the win with a 5-0 run, as Solberg, Shore, Coffey, Jack Norton '19 and Dylan Peabody '21 each notched a marker.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • In between the pipes, Cameron Mitchell '21 made six stops for Amherst in 19:00 minutes, while Chad Simons '21 (1-0) registered eight saves in the final 41:00 in the winning effort. Jake Reynolds (5-3) took the loss for Springfield, racking up 20 stops.
  • Dylan Finazzo '20 went 18-for-28 to lead the Mammoths' 23-for-34 day at the faceoff dot in addition to posting a game-high 11 ground ball pickups.
  • Amherst owned a 41-25 advantage in shots on target and a 48-25 edge in ground balls.
  • The Mammoths went 18-for-21 on clears and 4-for-5 on player-up opportunities, while the Pride finished 18-for-28 on clear attempts and 1-for-3 up a player.