AMHERST, Mass. – Sophomores Jon Coffey and Colin Minicus led an impressive team effort by the Mammoths, as the No. 7 Amherst College men's lacrosse team powered past archrival Williams, 19-9 Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 9-2 on the season and to 5-1 in league play, while Williams falls to 4-6 overall (3-3 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field on Tuesday, April 10 when they travel to Connecticut College for a 6 p.m. conference bout.
First to strike, James McFarland gave the visitors a 1-0 edge 2:50 into the action on a dish from Cory Lund, however the Mammoths needed just seven seconds to return the favor as Minicus assisted on an Evan Wolf '19 score to even the sides at one all.
Taking what stood as their final lead of the contest at the 9:27 mark, Lund tallied his second straight helper as he sent a pass to Kevin Stump for the goal.
Hitting their stride midway through the first quarter, Amherst closed out the stanza with a 4-0 run to take a 5-3 advantage.
Deadlocking the score at 2-2, Matt Solberg '20 found Coffey for the marker with 8:44 on the clock before first-year Ethan Kazmierski '21 gave the Mammoths their first lead, 3-2, at the 4:40 mark. Coffey added a score 24 seconds later to extend the home team's cushion to two, while Solberg notched the final tally of the first period.
Netting his third goal of the matchup at the 10:21 mark in the second quarter, Coffey pushed the score to 6-3, however a player-up marker by the Ephs' Lund halted Amherst's unanswered run with 8:47 remaining before intermission.
Owning a five-goal lead at the break, Coffey and Wolf each logged a goal in the final 7:19 to give Amherst an 8-3 edge.
Controlling play in the third quarter, Amherst registered six straight goals, with Trenton Shore '19 and Wolf potting back-to-back scores at the 8:47 and 8:27 marks, respectively. Posting the next three Amherst markers, Minicus extended the Mammoths edge to double-digits with assists from Coffey and Solberg before dishing a helper to Max Keeley with 3:27 on the clock to set the score at 14-3.
Maxwell Stukalin closed out scoring in the third stanza, notching an unassisted tally and the Ephs fourth goal of the game.
Both sides recorded five goals in the final 15 minutes, as the Mammoths clinched the 19-9 victory over their archrivals.
Drew Kelleher '18 set the tone in the fourth with an impressive individual effort play, winning the opening faceoff, racing towards net and scoring his first goal of the season seven seconds later. Solberg, Minicus and Coffey each added a marker in a 31 second span in the 11th minute, before Brendan Hoffman posted an unassisted tally to get Williams on the board in the period and push the score to 18-5.
Ian Kadish '18 potted what stood as the Mammoths final marker of the day with 10:48 remaining, while a 4-0 run that featured Eph goals by Stump (2), McFarland and Lee finished off the conference clash.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Chad Simons '20 (3-1) made eight saves in 49:19 in the winning effort for Amherst, while Gib Versfeld '21 and Cameron Mitchell '21 each saw action in the fourth quarter in relief. George Peele (4-5) took the loss for Williams, making 12 stops, while Harry Gahagan made one save in the final 15 minutes.
- Dylan Finazzo '20 and Kelleher were stellar at the faceoff dot, finishing 15-for-19 and 9-for-11, respectively, while Finazzo led the Mammoths in ground balls with five.
- Amherst owned a 32-20 edge in shots on target and a 33-27 advantage in ground balls.
- The Mammoths finished 1-for-2 up a player, while the Ephs went 1-for-5.