AMHERST, Mass. – Chad Simons '21 registered 13 saves and Evan Wolf '19 tallied five goals and five assists to spark a commanding second half by the Mammoths as the No. 6 Amherst College men's lacrosse team battled past Middlebury, 18-11 Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 8-1 on the season and to 4-0 in league play, while Middlebury falls to 3-5 overall (1-4 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field on Wednesday, March 4 when they travel to Little III rival Wesleyan for a 6:30 p.m. matchup.
Opening the game with two unanswered goals, Danny Jacobs got the Panthers on the board at the 11:43 mark on a dish from A.J. Kucinski before Kucinski potted a score of his own with 8:08 on the clock to put the home team out ahead early.
Busting open for three quick goals in a 36 second span, the Mammoths took their first lead of the tilt as Ian Kadish '18 converted on an assist from Wolf at the 7:26 mark before Matt Solberg '20 powered back-to-back shots into the nylon.
Finishing out the first period that same way it started, Middlebury notched two scores, with Kucinski and Parker Lawlor each beating the Amherst netminder, before the Mammoths countered with scores by Grant Chryssicas '21 and Wolf (2) to set the score at 6-4 in favor of the visitors.
Trading scores in the second quarter, Michael McCormack tallied goals for the Panthers at the 13:18 and 9:02 marks, while Jackson Herrick '20 and Jack Norton '20 responded with 11:17 and 7:51 on the clock, respectively.
Middlebury's Jacobs and Henry Riehl closed out scoring in the first half, deadlocking the bout at 8-8 at intermission.
Dominating momentum throughout the second half, the Mammoths outscored the home team 10-3 to claim the 18-11 victory.
Wolf kicked off a 5-1 Amherst run to close out the third stanza, driving a pass from Mincus over the goal line at the 10:46 mark before logging an unassisted tally to make it 11-9.
Chase Goree notched the final Panther score of the period with 6:59 remaining, before the Mammoths potted three straight markers.
Taking advantage of Panther unnecessary roughness and pushing penalties, Zach Schwartz '18 and Solberg each netted player-up goals to give Amherst its largest lead of the game, before Wolf struck with 10 seconds on the clock to give the visitors a 14-10 cushion with 15 minutes to play.
A Kucinski marker 1:36 into the fourth quarter proved to be Middlebury's last, as the Mammoths closed out the conference clash with four unanswered goals in the final 10:11. Norton, Max Keeley '18 and Jon Coffey '20 (2) were the goal scorers for Amherst to cap off the victory, while Trenton Shore '19, Wolf and Dylan Peabody '21 had the assists.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Simons (2-0) made 13 stops for the Mammoths in the winning effort, while Charles Midgley (3-5) racked up 13 saves in the loss for Middlebury.
- Amherst finished 26-for-32 on face offs behind a 25-for-31 effort by Dylan Finazzo '20.
- Finazzo posted a matchup-leading 13 ground ball pickups, while Tamer Sullivan led Amherst with two caused turnovers.
- The Mammoths owned a 31-24 edge in shots on target and a 34-28 advantage in ground balls.
- Amherst went 14-for-16 on clears and 3-for-5 up a player, while the Panthers finished 18-for-21 on clear attempts.